Think about this....!!!!

RaGHuRaM (The Easy are never Good and the Good are never Easy....)   (4952 Points)

13 February 2012  

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

The train comes, and you are just beside the track interchange. You could make the train change its course to the disused track and save 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.

Most  people  might  choose  to  divert  the  course  of  the  train,  and sacrifice only one child.

You might think the same way, 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  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?

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 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.

The  friend  who  forwarded the  story  said  he would  not  try  to change the course of the train  because he believed that 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!


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.