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    If you get trapped in a cave with 3 other people with no food for an extended period of time, and you know that the ONLY WAY you can survive is to consume the flesh of one of the four of you, is it acceptable to draw straws (or similar), then kill and eat the loser if all of the four of you agree to it?

    You do know that you will be rescued after a certain period of time, so you will only have to kill one person for the other three to survive and be rescued. If you don't kill one person, all of you starve to death.
     
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    Someone told me I was evil and psychotic for having previously practiced cannabilism. Apparently, something about it's 'inherently wrong' that someone can't ever, even willingly 'surrender their body' to be consumed.

    But it was voluntary.

    I think it's okay as long as it's voluntary, which seems weird, imagining someone eating someone else....but it's not like eating a chicken dinner or a philly cheesesteak sandwitch, it's usually just a bit of flesh.

    But on the idea of cannablism such as the chicken dinner, I don't know if I'd be willing to accept that. As of now it's illegal, but it makes you wonder what sort of industries would be brought up if it was legal. I think the problem people have with it is in order to eat something you have to convince yourself that it's a 'thing' not an individual with thoughts and feelings of it's own. Basically, desensitizing whatever you might have felt.

    I believe there is a connection between morality and meat eating just in general.

    One good book to read is "The pornography of Meat". Everything they say about animals being consumed can be applied to what a cannabil would have to do in order to eat another human being, since there are some people who believe animals don't feel, and almost the entire human population would agree that human beings feel.
     
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    Why did you eat someone slant?
     
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    I was eight.....my cousin offered....we had a pocket knife....
     
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    Would a first aid kit be available? If so you could take portions off each other in bits; digits, an ear lobe, a foot or two. That way no one gets killed. But more than likely someone would lose too much blood and die during one of the amputations anyway. But it's better than intentionally killing someone.
     
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    I don't think I could honestly do so. I can't eat a fellow human being, no matter how desperate. And if I did, I don't think I could ever live with myself afterwords.
     
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    hehe wow I did something so young without knowing what I was doing! It was fun.
     
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    You could and you would if the situation became desperate enough.

    When Stalin came to power he facilitated a devastating famine in Georgia. It was on the periphery of soviet power and one of the last areas to submit so he was extraordinarily harsh on them.

    During this time there was a Georgian school teacher who noticed one of her pupils hadn't attended class, so she visited the parents to see what the problem was. His otherwise loving parents had killed him and pickled him in a jar to preserve themselves. We are all capable. I would like to think some higher principle would override a basic survival instinct but until we come face to face with death it's premature to say what we will and will not do.
     
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    You might be right, in fact you probably are right. I guess it just depends who the people are then.
     
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    or you could just be curious...
     
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    While sampling a tiny bit of flesh may constitute cannibalism in the strictest sense I don't equate it with the type of cannibalism this thread is referring to which is cannibalism for sustenance. I think most people have eaten a morsel of flesh out of curiosity but field dressing a human corpse then consuming it is a whole different thing.
     
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    Morally speaking there is nothing wrong.

    But physically speaking I don't think my brain will allow myself to knowingly swallow the piece of human meat, eyeball, some tofu-like brain unless I am really starved.

    I have the same problem with swallowing pills by the way.
    It has nothing to do with morality. Purely physical.


    Edit: Or psychological?
     
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    Well, after so many days we would be willing to eat dirt, eating a human wouldn't be so bad.
     
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    Funny to see this thread because I was talking about this with a few of my buddies this morning. I imagined the butt cheeks would be the best cut. Then there are the legs, biceps, pecs, abs, lots of good meat there potentially. Food for thought: Would eating human brains be dangerous?

    We probably taste like pigs.

    I wouldn't kill someone but if they died before me, I'd eat 'em. I'd expect them to do the same. Eat me if I die. I won't mind, right?
     
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