Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Decision Making

A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operational track.

The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way? Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make.
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Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, I guess. Exactly, I thought the same way initially because to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?

Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was. This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him.

The great critic Leo Velski Julian who told the story said he would not try to change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and that they should have run away if they heard the train's sirens. If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over to that track! Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to the track, we could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few kids.

While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be the right one.

(from another forward mail)

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TinTin Wednesday, October 10, 2007  

Very nice post. Got me thinking(something I rarely do).

just a nice girl Wednesday, October 10, 2007  

@ TinTin:
the greatest pleasure for me is when my posts make people think :)
thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

Sameera Thursday, October 11, 2007  

Yes dear.Absolutely true!Hasty decisions never do good to one's conscience.The consequences are always heavy and we end up none the wiser.

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) Thursday, October 11, 2007  

very well said.
Just so you know, I chose to side with the only child who made the right decision :)

quite a thought provoking post :)

Sameera Tuesday, October 16, 2007  

Where's you dear?Not seen for a while.How you feeling now?Miss ya!

a blue eyed girl Wednesday, October 17, 2007  

wow! loved this post! got me thinking quite a bit. :)

Sameera Wednesday, October 17, 2007  

Sweetie I would like to pass on The Egel Nest Blog Award to you,which was passed on to me by a blogging pal.Go to this site and download the eagle picture for your blog.Muah!

http://egelnest.blogspot.com/2007/09/egel-nest-awards.html

just a nice girl Friday, October 19, 2007  

@ (¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯):
only few people would chose to side with this only child but after reading this they change their minds :)

@ Sami: I am back dear!!!!!

@a blue eyed girl:
you are right, it makes us think.. thanks for stopping by :)

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