You walk into a drab, brown government office and see what looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger seated behind the desk. He wears a leather jacket and sunglasses.
“What’s this? Halloween was last month,” you say.
“I am from the future,” Arnold says.
“Terminator. I get it.”
“No, I am not a Terminator. My scores were too low. I am the Bureaucrator.”
“Is there somebody else I can talk to?” you ask. “I’m just here to see if I can give one of these refugees somewhere to stay until they get on their feet.”
“We have 1,000 refugees,” the Bureaucrator says. “One of them is Sarah Connor. She will save humanity.”
“Yeah, I saw the movie,” you say.
“Another is a homicidal maniac who will surely kill you and your neighbors. There is no way of knowing which is which.”
“What about the other 998?”
“They are not Sarah Connor and not homicidal maniacs. The Bureaucrator is not interested in them.”
“So you’re telling me that I have a 1 in 1,000 shot of saving humanity, but I have the same probability of being chopped up in my sleep?” you ask.
“Yes. You might save 7 billion lives and you might die. Most likely you will just make a friend,” the Bureaucrator says. “Or you can walk away. I have some filing to do.”
You notice the Bureaucrator eyeing the maid and realize that you need to make your choice quickly. Do you take your shot at saving humanity or slowly back out of the room and head over to Starbucks for a tasty beverage? Make your choice and defend it in the comments section below, and come on people, Let’s make Laura B. proud.
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