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Insight into decision Making

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by kimatire, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. kimatire

    kimatire JF-Expert Member

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    Try to think once more before taking an
    important decision.

    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 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 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, 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 h ad 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 great critic Leo Velski Julian who told 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.'

    Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on pencils
  2. Buswelu

    Buswelu JF-Expert Member

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    Really touch.....and Very True You have Just Open My Mind...
  3. Chapakazi

    Chapakazi JF-Expert Member

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    A very good one mazee. Ntaitumia kwa wanafunzi wangu kesho. You can twist it around na kuuliza...where would u rather play? nadhani following ur majority reasoning, most would rather play along with the majority...hence the notion of 'follow the majority.' That way, u are more likely to escape the outcome of the decision maker! No one dares to punishes the majority...that's the reality in life! Crave to be different, but always side with the majority when it counts! That's sio?