A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other is not.
Only one child is playing on the unused track; the rest on the operational track.
A train is coming, and you are just beside the track changer. You can make the train change its course to the unused track and save most of the kids.
However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the unused 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 would make…
Have you thought enough???
Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. Save most of the children at the expense of only one child is a rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally.
But, have you ever thought that the child who chose to play on the unused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?
Nevertheless, he was 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 RIGHT is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how far-sighted and knowledgeable the wise are.
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 were aware that the track was still in use, and that they would run away when they hear the train’s sirens.
Now, If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never expects that a train could come over on the unused track!
Further, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to such a track, we may put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in our attempt to save few kids thinking that the train may run over them, we might end up sacrificing hundreds of people.
While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realize that hasty decision may not always be the right one.
“What’s Right isn’t always popular..
and what’s popular isn’t always Right.”👍🏻👏🏻
Someone asked, “Why do we have brakes in a car”?
Varied answers were received, like,
“To reduce speed”,
“To avoid collision” etc.,
but the best answer was,
“To enable you to drive faster”
Give it a thought. It’s true but seldom such smart out of box thinking is done, much less appreciated.
It’s because of brakes that we can dare to accelerate, dare to go fast and reach destinations we desire.
At various points in life, we find our parents,teachers, mentors, friends and spouse etc. questioning your progress, direction or decision. We consider them as irritants or consider such inquiries as “brakes” to our ongoing work.
But, remember, it’s because of such questions (read periodical brakes) that you have managed to reach where you are today. Without brakes, you could have skid, lost direction or gone astray or met with an unfortunate accident !!!.
Learn to appreciate the ‘brakes’ in your life.
Use them wisely….
A business man gets stranded in a lonely highway in the US. The tyres of his car get stuck badly in a mud pool. He looks around for help and finally finds an old farmer.
This businessman goes to him asking for help to get his car out of the mud.
Farmer gauges the situation, and agrees to help him and says, let us take the help of warwick. *Warwick* was an old bull around, but the helpless business man agrees.
The farmer ties the bull to the car and start shouting loudly:
*FRED, PULL!.. JACK, PULL!.. JOHN, PULL… WARWICK, PULL’.*
As the farmer keeps shouting these words, the bull Warwick gets the car out of the pool of mud.
Businessman is relieved but has a doubt in his mind. He thanks the farmer and asks him:
‘you said the bull’s name was Warwick, and he was alone, then *who were these Fred, Jack & John?’*
Farmer coolly answered, “See, *Warwick is old and is also blind. He does not know he is pulling this car alone. The moment he hears the other names, he thinks he is in a team, and he gives his best”.*
So is the case with all of us. The very thought that there are people to help us blesses us with a great deal of comfort, hope, confidence and enthuses us to put our heart and soul into any task that we undertake.
Indeed, greatest civilizations have always been built on the foundations of a greater level of cooperation from their citizens, and the smartest animals we know — apes, elephants, wolves, dolphins, and crows — tend to live together in cooperative groups and work together for survival.
As H.E.Luccock said,
*“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.”*
It’s not without reason that the very word *TEAM* is said to stand for
*”Together Everyone Achieves More”*.
Have a great day ahead 👍🏻
“`A father left 17 ducks as asset for his Three Sons.
When the Father passed away, his sons opened up the will.
The Will of the Father stated that the Eldest son should get Half of 17 ducks,
The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17 ducks,
Youngest Son should be given 1/9th of the 17 ducks.
As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.
So, they decided to go to a wise man who lives in a cave.
The wise man listened patiently about the Will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one duck of his own & added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 ducks.
Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.
Half of 18 = 9.
So he gave 9 ducks
to the eldest son.
1/3rd of 18 = 6.
So he gave 6 ducks
to the middle son.
1/9th of 18 = 2.
So he gave 2 ducks
to the youngest son.
Now add this up :
9 + 6 + 2 = 17 &
This leaves 1 duck
which the wise man took back.
MORAL : The attitude of negotiation & problem solving is to find the 18th duck i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any.