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Chrm Message From: jaswinder Total Posts: 51 Join Date: 06/11/2006
Rank: Manager Post Date: 14/11/2006 01:19:26 Points: 255 Location: United States

Just came across this interesting abstract given below which endeavors to give us an insight on 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 came, and you were just beside the track interchange.

You could make the train change its course to the unused track and saved 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.

The most impromtu decision would be to choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. To save most of the children at the expense of only one child seems a most probable rational decision that 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? Should he 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.

If you think deep, you shall also come across a conflicting and more profound thought that one should not try to change the course of the train because 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.

Comments ??

Regards

Jaswinder



Chrm Message From: kjhaveri Total Posts: 26 Join Date: 06/11/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 14/11/2006 03:59:19 Points: 130 Location: United States

That was indeed very good story and a lesson. But can we live happily with these kind of people. Though majority does not make right. I remember what Gandhi said once." One person with truth makes the Majority ". AS HR, WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT? CAN WE STAND WITH THE ONE TRUE MINORITY OR MANY FALSE MAJORITY. PONDER.

 
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