Philosophers get guff for not being connected to the "real world". We love to theorize, make up absurd situations to illustrate a point (run away trolleys, pod people, fat man stuck in the cave... the list goes on).
As I work on my paper about supreme emergencies, I see the advantage in being abstract.
Working on just war theory is about real-world death and destruction of people and societies. It is sad and depressing to think about what we will do to our fellow human beings.
It is even more depressing to think about what our own country is doing.
Maybe I shouldn't have read Jenna Blum's "Those Who Save Us" while working on this paper...