I was listening to a Radiolab episode about battlefield triage and I was stuck by an idea: It’s really hard deciding who to treat, who to let die, and still sleeping at night. But why?
Triage is so difficult because we know one person is not more valuable than another, and we’re not designed to separate out our compassion from decision making. The decisions we make aren’t meant to be, and can’t be, separated from our emotions. To do so would be to walk a bit too closely to the “psychopathy” border for our liking.
Decisions should include emotions, while not being ruled by them.