A story on decision making - product mix.. CiteHR

parasha2000 Started The Discussion:

The story given below is quite interesting and really gives us an
>insight into DECISION MAKING.
>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
>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
>Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could
>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,
>in politics and in a democratic society, specially 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
>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
>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
>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
>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
>r! ight one.
>"Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular
>isn't always right."

nnair -  Member Since: May 2007
HI, A good story. Believe me , Its logical to spare the boy who used the unused rail. He should be rewarded for his logical decession !! Keep learning !! Prasanth Nair www.nnair.8m.com

ramanarg -  Member Since: Aug 2007
Excellent story.. very practical.. and no one should call it a story at all but a real incident instead.

Such stories and/or revelations stirr up our conscience. Thank you my friend. Keep sending such posts.


Ganesh Ramachandran

mmsg16 -  Member Since: Feb 2008
It is really a challenge to any one. But I am not in favour of sacrificing a righteous child at the cost of those who know that track they are using is functional and in use. Moreover in this particular case, the sound of the train will also be helpful to take timely decision to avoid any mishap. Certainly, one right can not be drowned to save many wrongs.

Manmohan guleria

nipuna -  Member Since: Dec 2007
its really a very good story and gives the morale to take the right decision at any any circumstances.

ksharmi -  Member Since: Feb 2008
Really a good work for the brain. Done a good job by sharing it with others. It is a very important matter that everyone in this world should think about. Thanks again for posting this story.


Rashmi Phadnis -  Member Since: Jun 2008
Hi fren...

I must tell u, it was really gud one.. Specially last lines..
"Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular
isn't always right."
Il start thinking on that..

Thanku so much..

warm regards..

Ram K Navaratna -  Member Since: Jun 2008
Good story and exercise. Stimulate lot of thinking. EAsy example for decision process. Ram K Navaratna HR Resonance

deepa.mishra -  Member Since: Jun 2007

This is very relevant to oour day to day deceision making and I will hence for be more analytical before making decision.

But decision should be quick as many times delayed decisions are almost useless.


ashok pal -  Member Since: Feb 2008
One thing is good "we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be
the r! ight one. Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular isn't always right."


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