Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vogue-U Potion - Train Track and Children

May Peace Be With You.......

The story here is quite interesting and really gives us an insight into Decision Making. Without realising it, Mak Pah noticed we tend to be quite stereotyped in making a rational decision which in the end could be disasterous. Read on to analyse the situation......


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

The train came, and you were just beside the track interchange. It was not possible to stop the train but you could make the train change its course to the disused track and saved most of the kids!




However, that would also mean the lone child playing on 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.....................


Analyse the situation.................


Think and reflect..................


Decided on your answer??????


Most of us might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one life.


To save majority of the children at the expense of only one child was quite a rational decision we would make, morally and emotionally..... right????

But, have we 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 almost everytime....... In the office, in any community, in politics and in any society, the minorities is often sacrificed for the interest of majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are.


In the above story, the child 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!


Thus making the proper decision is not trying to change the course of the train because kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that the track was still in use, and they should have run away if they heard the train's siren.


If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over the disused track. Moreover, that track was not in use, probably because it was not safe.
In fact, if the train was diverted to the disused track, we could put lives of all passengers on board at stake as well. And in the attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, we may end up sacrificing hundreds more lives!!!!!


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.
"Remember that what's right is not always popular........... and what's popular is not always right."
Everybody makes mistakes; and that's why many pencils have erasers on them......
Something for us to ponder.......
Lots of Luv....... Mak Pah

4 comments:

PearL said...

Yes,such is LIFE huh...You follow the road rules, adhere to the traffic light and stop at the zebra crossing, but STILL...kena hit by the drunk drivers....

The irony of LIFE....

P

Mak Pah Vogue said...

true indeed Pearl.... so very true.

艾維 said...

想別人怎樣對你,你便怎樣對待別人。 ..................................................

Shopaholic Mama said...

"What's right is not always popular, and what's popular is not always right"... This phrase is spot on lah, Mak Pah!