The centrality of moral conflict in human life is such a given, that describing it seems a cliche. Yet, it seems to be a reasonable exercise to test one’s compass hypothetically once in a while, especially if self-discovery is something you hold dear.
It is absolutely fascinating how human beings react when they’re confronted with equally conflicting choices. There’s some fascinating work in the field of behavioural economics which explores the psyche of an individual when it comes to default choices, but when when it comes to sui generis choices, everything bows down to the vagaries of the human mind.
What fascinated me throughout the book was the underlying gut instinct one of the choices involved, yet was not emphasised. In the tight 24 hour window the book is set in, the protagonist contemplates between two choices but never is able to articulate the exact reason why only those choices exist in the first place. This entire process is an insane food for thought exercise for everyday life.
Another stellar point exemplified in this book is the inherent hypocrisy of the individual self, of even the most selfless one. The protagonist’s girlfriend is the perfect character to bounce these subtle hypocrisies off, and gave me an odd mirror to stare back into, leaving me feeling uneasy, yet deep in thought about the modalities of our seemingly well-intentioned actions.