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Who's in your Death Note?

Asked by SmashTheState (9635 points ) July 3rd, 2010

You discover a magic notebook in which any person whose name you write drops dead, seemingly of a heart attack. Which names are eventually written in your Death Note?

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dpworkin's avatar

They are all going to die no matter what I do.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Agree with @dpworkin. But If I can make it fast then I’ll choose the one who makes me suffer the most but unfortunately I haven’t met that person yet.

rangerr's avatar

It’s not really my or anyone’s place to decide who lives and dies.. so nobody.

SmashTheState's avatar

Come on, let’s have a little honesty. The Death Note is a special case of the Ring of Gyges (a hypothetical ring which makes a person invisible), of which Plato has this to say:

Suppose now that there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a god among men.

Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point. And this we may truly affirm to be a great proof that a man is just, not willingly or because he thinks that justice is any good to him individually, but of necessity, for wherever any one thinks that he can safely be unjust, there he is unjust.

For all men believe in their hearts that injustice is far more profitable to the individual than justice, and he who argues as I have been supposing, will say that they are right. If you could imagine any one obtaining this power of becoming invisible, and never doing any wrong or touching what was another’s, he would be thought by the lookers-on to be a most wretched idiot, although they would praise him to one another’s faces, and keep up appearances with one another from a fear that they too might suffer injustice.

vbabe96's avatar

My manager at work. He talks down to people and anytime you ask about going full time he talks about the part time to full time ratio. I really cannot stand him. His name would be the first.

Mana's avatar

No matter how much I hate someone, I would never have the heart to use it because I know I’d feel terrible about it later.

HungryGuy's avatar

There’s a few people in the world who’ve done me wrong in major ways in the past, but there’s nobody I would cause to drop dead instantly, even if I could.

CaptainHarley's avatar

1. Osama bin Laden
2. Every member of the Taliban
3. All of the Iranian mullahs
4. The leadership of North Korea
5. Nancy Pelosi
6. Barbara Boxer
7. Rham Immanuel
8. Senator Reid
9. George Soros
10. Mayor Blumberg ( NYC )

That’s a good start! : D

HungryGuy's avatar

Okay, excepot for maybe the first three or four on your list… I really don’t know who any of the others are…

anartist's avatar

@SmashTheState thanks for telling me about the ring of Gyges. Interesting bit of mythology I missed.

@Maria I agree with you and @HungryGuy

When I was about 10 years old I was reading a lot about witchcraft. And I was very angry at my mother. So I tried to perform a spell that would make demons drag her down to hell. I found most of the ingredients and drew the pentagram, but in a small New England town in the 1950s one could not easily find a finger from a hanged man, so I could not complete my spell, and I remember feeling oddly relieved.
[now I wish there was magic that could bring her back because I really miss her.]

@CaptainHarley nice jest. Just think you’d feel sort of sick after bin Laden and throw the notebook away, to float down the river like the game of Jumanji for the next lucky finder.

@SmashTheState maybe there is a movie in this

tinyfaery's avatar

No one. Just because you think that your opinions are correct and people deserve to die for not believing as you do doesn’t mean we all think we deserve to be an executioner.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Humans already do such things where there’s a revolution. Or terrorism. Or assassination. No ring required.

CaptainHarley's avatar

@anartist

I know, I know, but it’s sure fun to think about! LOL!

And then there’s that lil guy who tried to torpedo my career by spreading lies about me. Hmmm! : D

perspicacious's avatar

I burned my death book. We will all die but it will never be because I wrote a name in a book.

ragingloli's avatar

1. Everyone who used, is using and will use the book to cause someone’s death. (that would include me, but I consider it a necessary sacrifice)

Kraigmo's avatar

I’d never write in the book.

If I really wanted someone dead, that option is available to me.

But I don’t want anyone dead by my hand or my vote or my thoughts or my decisions.

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EDIT: I’m adding this addendum, not really editing. But I just realized… I’d take requests. A lot of people want to be dead, and if I agree with their logic, I’d write their name in the book, by request.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I would visit palliative care wards, and ask the patients whether or not they had had enough. I would develop a screening system to make sure I was doing the right thing, but some of those poor people would have the option of being written in the book.

CaptainHarley's avatar

@ragingloli

If the price of getting rid of all those evil people is my own demise, so be it, and more than worth it!

ragingloli's avatar

@CaptainHarley
Only the first four can be considered evil. The others just have different political opinions than you.
You know, I could have easily filled those 6 spots with republicans, but I did not want to stoop down to that level.

CaptainHarley's avatar

@ragingloli

You are so noble! : )

CaptainHarley's avatar

Of course they’re evil. They’re destroying my Country. I have no problem with SANE Democrats, it’s the ones who try to bury the Country in debt and taxes whom I despise!

ragingloli's avatar

“it’s the ones who try to bury the Country in debt and taxes whom I despise!”
You mean like Ronald Reagan and every republican since him?

HungryGuy's avatar

@ragingloli – You forgot to mention George Bush 2nd…far worse then Reagan, IMO…

CaptainHarley's avatar

Them too! If they added to the future burden of my progeny, they’re in the book!

Aster's avatar

I’d never write anyone’s name down since it would be like murder. But if I had to write a name it would be my fourth grade teacher.

Justice13's avatar

Rather, I’ll say whose name will be written last: my own.

nana098's avatar

thats actually a show called death note you have to write the persons full name then think of the person etheir they will die harshly or of a heartattack… the choice is yours by the way death note is a really good anime series watch it if your interested @justice13 me too but like not cuz im emo but i rather be at peace right

nana098's avatar

but i would have to write a*o *r*i*e hope youll know how it feels like to be stabbed in the heart aaron

gr8teful's avatar

Only myself

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