- Mes Maz
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If you were to visit Africa and a parent urges you to take his child with you back home, what would you do?
This is the same anecdote used by Bono during his 2005 TED Prize speech (04:09). If the child remains, he would die. If the child comes, he would live. At that point, he had turned the parent down and now seemingly regrets the decision, which he attributes to having started his activism.
Also keep in mind, the question asks you what you would actually do (if all other things were held constant), not so much what you *want* to do. Think of the pros and cons. Do a cost-benefit analysis and ask yourself: would you really put it upon yourself to take full responsibility over that one child? Furthermore, would taking that one child make any difference? If so, why not take the others while you're at it? If not, would you feel (morally) responsible for the child's death?