Big Talk

For week three of continuing the Big Talk movement, we brought attention to the difference between “Maybe and Guarantee.”

Ms. Kalina Silverman created the Big Talk movement to bridge that gap in communication that small talk creates by omitting it.

Big Talk this week came with the added challenge of having to actually explain this week’s question; this explanation  brought more intriguing answers from participants.

Would you prefer a “Maybe” or a “Guarantee” seems like a simple question with easy answers. However, complications arise with the addition of a caveat : “Put yourself in the position where your actions either definitely harm three people or possibly fifty?” The harm was left up to interruption of each individual asked and the consequence lasted a life time. A third question was posed to provoke more thinking: “What if those three persons that you chose to be harmed were the three closest people to you,” or “Would you change your decision if the 50 ended up getting harmed?”

Junior Mandi Gregory said, “A guarantee to me is more important because you know it is going to happen; you don’t have that with maybe. I would choose to save the three because everyone is going to get hurt but they’re guaranteed to because of my actions. If the people did end up getting hurt I would go back in time and save them because that’s more people on my hands.”

Sam Hedrick, a junior said, “Guarantee is more important because you aren’t worrying about it, you know it’ll happen. I would choose to keep the three people safe. I would change my answer if the 50 did get hurt.”

A tenth grader Gabe Johnson said, “I think guarantee because you know it’s gonna happen, and you can prepare for it. I would save three because they would definitely get hurt, and the 50 may get hurt. Even if the 50 did get hurt, I would not change my decision to save the three.”

Sarah Snead, a junior said, “Maybe is more important because it gives hope, but it doesn’t have to happen. If a guarantee doesn’t happen that is going to let you down more than a maybe. I would save the 50, like I’m assuming the three are in pain or deathly ill due to past experience, and 50 people are more than three.”

Ty Barksdale a junior said, “Maybe, if you say maybe it’s just simpler than a guarantee. I would save the three because the 50 is just a chance. In the end if the 50 did end up getting hurt, I would change my decision because all lives matter.”

Ms. Morgan Tyree, college advisor,  said, “A guarantee; I’m all about commitment. Maybe is so flaky and for me a maybe is like, zero percent of happening. Maybe simply means no. I would definitely let the three get hurt; more people than three are going to get hurt statistically if I leave it up to chance. That’s tough, but selfishly, spur of the moment, I would save the three closest to me.”

Hunter Furr a junior said, “A guarantee because it is going to happen. I would save the 50 and let the three people get hurt. If the three people were the closest people to me than I would save the three because I don’t like seeing the people I care about getting hurt.”

Junior Logan Mills said, “A guarantee because it will be done. I would let the 5o have the chance of getting hurt instead of the three. If it was the three people closest to me, they would understand I was keeping 50 others safe.”

Ms. Jo Davis, the librarian said, “The word promise to me is extremely important to me because it means you know the future. If you hear the word promise from me take it to the bank. This is because a person in my life promised a lot and never held up to them. My answer would depend on which way God led me because my relationship with Him is most important. Probably, I hope I’d still follow God even if he led me to do that [harm the three people I loved] because I don’t know His purpose.”

Tristen Lee Wilson, a junior, said, “A guarantee is more important in most decisions. I would let the three get hurt if that means saving the 50. The majority is more important, you should always do what is best for all.”

Freshmen William Smith said, “A guarantee because you know it’ll happen. I would let the 50 maybe get hurt to save the three. If the 50 got hurt I wouldn’t change my decision, it is what it is.”

There is no way to know exactly what you would do hypothetically when deciding whether 50 or three people are more important, and there is no wrong answer about wanting to go back and change the past, even when in reality we can’t.