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:: Choices in Life ::

Which one will you choose?

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 operational track. The train came, and you were
just beside the track interchange. 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 by the disused
track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?

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

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 isn't always popular... and what's popular
isn't always right."

(courtesy of Dominic)

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sometimes human do try to do too much,
their egos and arrogance compelling them to 'help'
when the truth is "the more they try,
the messier the situation becomes"

In the end, it is better to stop playing God
and leave things to its own course. You'd be
surprised how well it turns out actually.



that's pretty zenny as well. water, when turned cloudy must be left alone for the particles to settle down. there is no other way.

How true. It happens everywhere.

Also... To choose to play on the disused track alone?? can be lonely.

Whether literally or metaphorically, I can't sacrifice anyone. I can't answer "left" or "right".

Alert them all, scream on top of my lungs and let nature takes it course.

Re: If I must choose...

Actually, the person should be alert enough to see the train from a distance and get everyone out... unless he's that 'blur'.

Okay okay I'm digressing...

Before I read the cut, I thought let the buggers who played on the track die.

But we know it's not going to happen. The minority loses. Always.

Notwithstanding, the minority tend to flock together and remains strongly united despite being outnumbered.

Anne Rice's group of vampires is probably the best example of this. There are others, of course.

I'd whisper a prayer and
How many I can save I will save.
The rest is....
up to time.

the question is flawed in the first place. it's a leading question, i.e " 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 by the disused track would be sacrificed."

if i phrased it in a different way, i.e. "you could leave the train on its course and save the lone kid who chose to play on the safer track. however, that would mean that all the other kids playing on the operational track would be killed" the responses may be different.

and your argument premises that children are completely capable of risk management. one wonders if they knew exactly what is involved when they are playing on the tracks. if they cannot be held accountable for their decision, then the question turns to: why were they allowed on the tracks in the first place? is it their parents' fault for not warning them of the dangers? and for not watching out and allowing them to play unsupervised?

> Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe.

this is pure conjecture. one can counter that by saying that the train could be empty except for the driver.

given the situation with no other choices, i'd be inclined to believe that it is not the children's fault for playing on the operational track. they don't know better. i shall buck the trend, be politically incorrect and switch the train over to the disused track...

it's like .... whose life/lives are more important?
who should we sacrifice in life?

if you change the question to your lover on the used track and your mother on the disused track, who will you sacrifice? will you let your lover go because he's doing something he should not be doing or your mother who's done nothing wrong ?

it's life... you make a choice, and you live with it, and you regret.


*la la la*

*hides under table*

i agree with vince :)

no way i can rush to save em all? to yell at em, to warn em or something or to derail the train n kill everyone on board? =[

Unfortunately, sometimes the choices that we are entitled are not the most ideal ones.

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