9th November,2014

Decision Making......

~~The tournament season is over at the golf club. I am getting ready to enter in my winter Hibernation however let me tell you a story which my help some of my members understand me and where I come from. It is an insight into decision making.
Which one will you choose?
A group of children were playing near two railway train tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one of the children played on the disused train track, all the other children are playing on the operational train track. The train is coming, and you were just beside the train track interchange. You could make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids.
However, that would also mean the one 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 you could make..............

 Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child.
Many people think the same way, I guess. 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 train track had in fact made the right decision to play in 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 every day. In the office, golf courses, community in politics and in a democratic society, especially 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 train track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed.
Now let me tell you what I would do.I would not try to change the course of the train because I believe that the kids playing on the operational train track should have known very well that the train 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 one 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 disused track, I could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in my attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, I 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 is right is not always popular... and what is popular is not always right. I wish my members and students to have great winter holidays and the “Kangaroo Jack” my even learn how to ski this winter.

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