A few days ago, one of my friends asked me the most bizarre question. Bizarre because it involves psychology, incest, apocalypse etc. Question and my answer after the jump.
In a post-apocalyptic world, you and your partner are the only people left on Earth. (think at the end of Evangelion) Obviously you two will reproduce to repopulate the species. However, assuming that after having your first child, who is of the opposite sex to you, your partner becomes infertile. Would you then have sex with your child, after he/she grows up obviously, in order to continue repopulating the species? Of course assume that your child is willing, and your not actually raping him/her if you are choosing to have sex with him/her.
Okay, the way I see, it there are three possible scenarios:
- You have sex with you child, ignoring your own moral standings, for the greater good of humanity.
- You refuse, taking the moral high ground, and allowing the entire human species to proceed into extinction.
- You are just a pervert that gets turned on by the idea of incest.
As for my opinion? I refuse to participate in incest, at least not with my own child. (the question of how distant the relationship needs to be, for it not be considered incest, is a topic for discussion on another day) The reason is pretty conceited. I think incest is wrong, and I’m not noble enough to scar my own conscience even for something as noble as saving the species.
On the other hand, I’ve watch a few animes with incest in them. Does that make me a hypocrite? Most people would consider murder as immoral, evil, bad etc, yet they still play video games where they actively kill people. I’m pretty sure they are not condoning murder. So I guess that makes me a keen observer of incest and determined non-participant?
Anyway, what would you do in that situation? I’d love to hear your thoughts.