In the age of high technology, ordinary life situations often demand tragic choices: kidney dialysis, new pesticides, and even simple legal contracts can pose excruciating choices for people from all walks of life and inescapable dangers for innocent victims. This human dilemma-facing a world in which some innocents will die- is paralleled by the central Christian mythos of a willing crucifixion. Law and myth help us clarify the human situation.
Wendy J. Gordon, Symposium Draft for Tragic Choices in Everyday Life (Apr. 16, 1990) (unpublished manuscript).