Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that statement still rings true. Anyone would have done what Dudley has done – eat the man, that is – although ‘digging in’ could have been more discreet. I rather would have let natural causes take Parker’s last breath, even if that meant me starving half to death. I would not have killed him; inhumane and evil as it is. However, Dudley did perform a mercy killing and relieved Parker of any other pain or ailment or whatever else he had. He did do him a favor, if you look at the situation from that perspective; in conclusion, he relieved Parker of his pain and consequently sustained the rest of his crew and his own hunger for a while. This post reminds me of another story, true, as well, of the 1972 Andes flight disaster about the plane that went down with a team of Rugby players. Those events later became inspiration enough to produce a film, Alive, starring Ethan Hawke. A good film, actually, but gross. A few years ago I had to write an essay in Geography class about being shipwrecked and what I would have done surviving the ordeal, taking everything like astronomy and whatnot into consideration. I used ‘drinking urine’ as something as replacement to water if I had none, though my teacher never thought that funny. I did . . . then. So I think what Dudley has done is justifiable to his will and responsibility to others to stay alive, although I think the manner in which he did what he did is not defensible to any natural, human law. Some would see him as a hero. Some a killer. Such is life.