Sunday, February 05, 2006

Take a minutes break and read this, think about it:

A group of children were playing near two railway tracks,one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on thedisused track, the rest on the operational track.The train came, and you were just beside the trackinterchange. You could make the train change its course to the disusedtrack and saved most of the kids.
However, that would also mean the lone childplaying by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you ratherlet the train go its way?

Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we couldmake.............

How do you decide?

No cheating...What is your decision?

Most people might choose to divert the course of thetrain, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, Iguess.

Exactly, I thought the same way initially because to savemost of the children at the expense of only one child was rationaldecision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But, haveyou ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused trackhad in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?
Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends whochoseto play where the danger was.

This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In theoffice, community, in politics and especially in a democraticsociety, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of themajority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority is,and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority is.The child who chose not to play with therest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he wassacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him.

The friend who forwarded me the story said he would nottry to change the course of the train because he believed that thekids playing on the operational track should have known very well thattrack was still in use and that they should have run away if they heardthetrain's sirens. If the train was diverted, that lone child woulddefinitely die because he never thought the train could come over tothat track!

Moreover, that track was not in use probably because itwas not safe. If the train was diverted to the track, we could put thelives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to savea few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificinghundreds of people to save these few kids.

While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that needto be made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be theright one."
Remember that what's right isn't always popular... andwhat's popular isn't always right."

Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on pencils...



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