How to make Decisions
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,and the rest on the used 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 one child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed.
Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make......
Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. 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 & 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 been sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how far sighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who choses
not to play with the rest on the operational track was sacrificed; no & no one would shed a tear for him.
The course of the train should not be changed because we believed that the kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, & 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!. That track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to the track, it could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to save a few
kids by sacrificing one child,U might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few kids.
We are all aware of that,''life is full of tough decisions that need to be made; we may not realize that hasty decisions may not be always the right one.
Remember that what's right isn't always popular
And what's popular isn't always right.....
Everybody makes mistakes
That's why there is always eraser on the pencil…