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, & the rest on the used track.
The train is coming, & you are just beside the track interchange.
You can make the train change its course to the disused track
& 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, &
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
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 chooses
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………….
& what’s popular isn’t always right………….”
Everybody makes mistakes……………
That’s why there is always eraser on the pencil…………..