Right and wrong

Read and think:

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

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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.Because to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was
 rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally.


 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  is 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.


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