here is an excellent story. I think it will help all think a lot.
In Afghanistan, there was a man digging by the side of the road. He was a local man, and just like most of the locals, had loose clothing, dark skin, and a beard. And here he was, by the side of the road, with a shovel and a bag, randomly digging. This was inside the green zone (the lush area near the Helmand River).
Meanwhile, a British private could see him. Let's call him the FNG. He was armed with a GPMG, accurate up to around 600 metres. This guy was young and new, barely old enough to grow facial hair, in the first few weeks of his first tour. It would be accurate to describe him as ‘scared shitless of everything’. Now this FNG had heard many stories about roadside bombs, in fact part of his brief before going to Afghan was that roadside bombs are dangerous and bad. He was going to be a hero! He would kill this evil Tally, and save himself and his fellow soldiers.
So FNG takes aim towards this man digging. That is when a captain, we’ll call him Cap, yells ‘hold fire’. FNG follows the order, and lowers his weapon, giving the classic ‘WTF sir?’ look. Cap then asks FNG what the man is doing. FNG replies ‘planting a bomb sir’. Cap informs FNG that he is wrong, and asks him again, what the man is doing. FNG replies ‘digging, sir’. FNG is then sent out, with a Sargent and his section, to investigate the matter. It turns out the man's village had flooded, and he was digging to divert the flood waters.
Killing is easy, I think a lot of people would be surprised how easily people take lives. Sparing a life, on the other hand, that takes a lot. [ quoted from quora digest]