Would you go back in time to kill baby Hitler? | The Tylt

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It's the great modern paradox. Many say the world would have been a better place if Hitler hadn't come to power in the 1930's. But, we also know the timeline is nothing to mess with. You step on a butterfly during one small time-travel expedition andnext thing you knowthe Russians won the Cold War. But we're also talking about saving millions of lives. How much worse would the world be if we got rid of little Hitler before he could leave so much destruction? Read more and vote below.

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We are not the first to ask this question. The video below explains the history of asking about killing baby Hitler and a bit about the idea of time travel in general. The concept is not as old as you might think.

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At the heart of this issue is a moral dilemma. Can you, with your own two hands, kill an innocent child to save millions?

But wait, you might argue, this child isn't innocent—it's Hitler! 

True, but the sands of time might be immune to your killing of baby Hitler. As this article says, "I admit that all of what follows is non-falsifiable, but I strongly doubt that Hitler’s nonexistence would have prevented World War II or the Holocaust." 

 

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Doc from "Back to the Future Part II" explains how messing with the time-space continuum is a dangerous thing. In place of Hitler, we could get something way, way worse.

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Hmmm, should I save millions of lives or should I let Hitler live? 

Easy callhand me an axe. And the best part about killing baby Hitler? He hasn't amassed an army yet.

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Killing Hitler is the right thing to do, it's simple utilitarianism. And Jeb Bush knows the right answer: "You gotta step up man."

It's the right thing even if it means you are never born. Maybe your grandparents only met because of events that resulted from World War II and if they don't meet, you don't exist. 

And don't even start the whole "Well, if I don't exist, then I can't go back in time to kill baby Hitlerwhich means I do exist" thing. We'll have none of that inception crap in this debate.

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It sounds good, but where do we draw the moral line? This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip by Zach Weinersmith perfectly illustrates the point:

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FINAL RESULTS
Would you go back in time to kill baby Hitler?
#KillBabyHitler
A festive crown for the winner
#DontMessWithTime