Your very close friend, A, who is of substantially the same gender and sexual orientation as yourself, has announced an engagement to B. A and B are not a good match. You are certain that, should they solemnize their union, in no more than three years there will be a brutal separation that will leave all parties devastated...and probably harming a few others in the process as well.
You have the ability to stop the engagement. You can do so without A ever finding out. It will not harm B in any way, outside of the emotional sting that A will probably share. Still, whatever minor amount of pain you cause to both parties pales in comparison to how much pain you will prevent for a much wider group of individuals.
- There is no question A & B are a bad match.
- A will never find out what you do (unless you tell A).
Do you act to subvert the engagement?
Same as Question 1, but the friend is of a different gender than yourself.
Same as Question 1, but the friend is of a substantially different sexual orientation than yourself.
Same as Question 1, but the act is at some "moral hazard." (It takes an act that, while not illegal, is unsavory and possibly immoral).
How similar were your responses? (1 - all identical, 10, totally dissimilar).