Friday, 27 March 2009

The one with... food for thought.

A colleague forwarded me this one very interesting email, of which I would like to share it here. After all, it's Friday + freezing cold + sleepy + weekend is starting (plus it's payday wee hoo!!) = lazy to do work.

Ouuhhh will you just cut me some slack!


Anyway, here goes.

A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one is 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 changes 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 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.'

Interesting, no?

Well to me this is rather a spot on. I remember entering the working world 5 years back, with the (naïve) thought -- I'll just do what I need to do / just mind my own business / to heck with other people and the office politics -- but thing is the world doesn't revolve around you and only you.

You just cannot be alone. You won't survive. Yes performance matters, but.. entah. I don't know how to put this. Like, kena pandai2 bawak diri lah okey to survive. Just like how my boss always told me whenever there's a new challenge -- You just gotta swim if you gotta swim. Otherwise you will die drowning.

But whatever it is, please.. don't be a freaking fake and such a suck-up... can?!

That, is plain annoying. *puke*

Anyway, I was once told -- everyone is not indispensable.. *ouchh!* =(

Renung2 kannnn.. dannnn.. selamat beramalllllll. Okie dokie people enjoy your weekend!!~* :)


  1. hahahhahaah!!!

    thats a good one.

    p/s : mana kad? aku tak dijemput ke?? *sob sob - dengan tak malunya tanya* tapi no worries, i still wish u the best *wink wink*

  2. hi kak zue, that was fast! :)

    anyway of course la you are in my guest list.. kad baru nak buat, huhu! so jangan pressure bleh? hehehehe :P

    thanks kak zue..!

  3. nice entry. make me thinking... hurm...

  4. test ni aku jawab mase training for jd fasilitator..most of us ckp suh gi ikut yg ramai kids tu coz they are active..n blh terus berlari..hahaha....

    blh ke anggap iq test? ahaaksss....

    aku jumpa roxie ayu n prob..alamak..ko tak kenal kot coz form four baru..(see..still guna istilah nih...hahaha)

  5. hahahaha jawapan budak2 itu adalah best.. :D

    tu lah... tengok gmbr roxie kat dalam blog ko... memang kurus lah muka dia tuh.. tapi she's enjoying her work now kan.. siap bangun pagi2 happy iron baju tak sabar pergi skolah... tak semua orang have that feeling.. kan.

    ohhh form four baru eh... memang tak kenal ;)