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Try to be right and not popular

 
 

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................     .. ... 

 

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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 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.

 

 

 

There is no way to Happiness, HAPPINESS is the only way.

-Sent by Mrs.Manju

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