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The story given here is quite interesting and really gives us an insight into DECISION MAKING.

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?

Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make...

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Analyse the situation...

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Think and reflect...

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Decided your answer!!!!...

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Now ... go ahead...

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

To make the proper decision is not try to change the course of the train because 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

Shoeb Hakim

From India, Mumbai
:D This is an old story....its atleast a decade old....I have been using this in my training sessions for years now... Anyways good that u posted it...Knowledge sharing is good... But when things go a full circle on the same topic it becomes kinda irrelevant...
But for first timers it sure is a good story...
Cheers

From India, Bhubaneswar
Thank you friend.
You must share your knowledge with others.
If you are having similar stories which you are using from decades then please post them in my forum here.
It will save my time also and people will benefit from your vast experience and collection.

From India, Mumbai
Thanks sunilvs27.... I have few more stories like this if you need please feel free to inform me. Also if you have such stories do post it here friend.
From India, Mumbai
Good one , really made us to think ...if we would be in such situation what would be the our decision....
From India, Mumbai
good one really made us to think..... But is it possible to think in such critical situation?is it practical???????????
From India
Thanks Shoeb Please keep posting such wonderful stories which will be beneficial for a lot of people like us. And definitely what we have will also be shared thanks once again sunil
From Oman, Muscat
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this was used by one of our professors at college while taking OB classes
From India, Lucknow

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Scary Story ! Imagine the single child saved and he/she becomes a Hitler. On the other he might become a Einstein / Plato. But if the single child were your only child and you have to take the decision.... Thanks very much for this enchanting & thought provoking story.
From India, Bangalore

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