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Which Would You Save?

By April 19, 2017Uncategorized

If You Could Only Save the Louvre’s Art or Its Visitors, Which Would You Save?

This week’s question is a variation of one from The Book of Questions, stolen boldly and without remorse from Wait But Why.

“Say on a given morning, there are 100 people in the Louvre in Paris. If a wicked sorcerer threatened to vaporize all people in the museum or all of its art, sparing one or the other based on your plea, which would you save? Assume the sorcerer will obliterate both the people and the art if you don’t choose.”

Addition: My mother has informed me this is from a Zen Koan involving a priceless Ming vase and a duckling trapped inside. “Master, the duck is free.”

What do you think? We invite you to post your responses below.

One Comment

  • brandi says:

    I guess I would save the people. Which art ends up appreciated in a museum is really kind of serendipitous. And different art would fill it out again. Maybe get some new pieces appreciated that weren’t before.

    In reality, I would probably chicken out of the choice and end up with both destroyed. But I have less than favorable opinions of humans as a mass. Because I’m a monster.

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