By Dan Burkitt
Would you rather?
How about a round of every fifteen-year-old’s favourite game – and not any old version, oh no, we’re playing ‘The Hardest Would You Rather Quiz in the World’, according to would-you-rather-quiz.com. They wouldn’t lie to me, would they? I am sure it is the hardest.
Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?
Definitely be able to fly, surely only peeping toms and the chronically insecure would want to be invisible.
Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?
I feel like this is similar to the last question – are you an introvert or an extrovert? I think it has to be shout. Plus, I reckon you’d always choose your words wisely if you had to shout them.
Would you rather know when you are going to die or how you are going to die?
How. I couldn’t live my life knowing the expiry date. I do wonder what the answer would be? A tragic and fatal collision with Prince Phillip as he drives to his 110th birthday party?
Would you rather never be able to open your mouth or never be able to close your eyes?
Never be able to close my eyes. I’ve seen people sleep with their eyes open before, it’s pretty creepy but they always seem to be having a good time. Don’t see how else it would be a problem really. Is blinking useful or just a necessity we’re all burdened with?
Would you rather marry a complete stranger or be forced to have sex with one?
Definitely shag them. You’d have to shag them either way, wouldn’t you? I don’t want to have a sexless marriage even if it is with a complete stranger who I am in no way physically attracted to.
Fuck… I have had to select my choice for each question in order to get the next one throughout the quiz and when I select this answer, a message flashes up: “Are you sure? Every woman and girl fleeing her home country is vulnerable to being trafficked for forced sexual exploitation.”
This website has sucked me into something much more political than I realised…
Would you rather be locked in a lorry all by yourself or be locked in a lorry with fifty strangers?
Fifty strangers. It’s never nice being alone is it. Maybe we could all pass the time by playing would you rather?
Another message appears when I select my answer: “Many people are forced to escape their country in terrible conditions in the backs of lorries where they run the risk of being crushed or suffering death by exhaustion.”
Would you rather be beaten by your husband or be beaten by a human trafficker?
Hmmm. This game definitely isn’t much fun anymore.
I select ‘my husband’. The message reads: “In some countries, leaving your husband is punishable by death, whilst domestic violence is not considered a crime.”
Would you rather suffer genital mutilation or never see any of your family again?
My life choices are pretty trivial, aren’t they?
I select never see my family again, the message reads: “In some cultures, girls who refuse female genital mutilation are either mutilated by force or forced to flee their homes and families.”
Would you rather tell an asylum interviewer about how you were abused, even though your children are in the room or stay quiet and risk being sent back to your home country where you will be persecuted?
Hard to imagine how difficult this would be.
I select tell the interviewer, the message reads: “All asylum seekers should be provided with adequate childcare whilst they are being interviewed, so they can freely disclose all the information that is relevant to their claim. this is just one of the rights asylum aid is working for.”
Would you rather help Asylum Aid improve the lives of these refugees now or find out more?
I clicked through and donated a fiver to Asylum Aid.
Well, that was genuinely a complete surprise. I had never heard of this quiz before and I was writing my answers as I went through it. I’m not even sure when it was made. But I think that is such a brilliant piece of communication from Asylum Aid and a great dot to have inadvertently collected.
A really intelligent way of forcing people to empathise with the plight of refugees. All I wanted was some silly questions to fill up a SCAB and I found something much more interesting.