The significance of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens lies in the fact that the English courts, for the first time, decisively and absolutely laid down the common law concerning this issue and upheld the principle that human life is to be protected at all costs, that life shall not be taken or sacrificed even to preserve one's own life and that the defence of necessity is no excuse.
So basically to refute Attolia, desperate survival situations do not place one outside the realm of the law. Leaving civilization does not condone acts of murder.
Also, human beings are defined by their morals and altruistic tendencies, so abandoning them to survive would be the act of an animal, a primal creature not to be trusted in human society.
Attolia wrote:My opinion on this lies in your statement "The victim was chosen arbitrarily." That statement implies all three men were candidates, which then implies that all three men had agreed on the act before the choice of victim.
Attolia wrote:Interesting question I would like to put out there: what would you guys do in such a situation? Or to extend it more generally, could you guys ever kill to stay alive?
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