Monday, October 10, 2005
You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:
1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your small car? Think before you continue reading.
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.
You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because they once saved your life and this would be the perfect chance to pay them back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.
The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. She simply answered, "I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams." Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.
Here I was thinking I'd pick up my friend and call an ambulance for the old lady, but then felt guilty for leaving her, so the above solution makes much more sense. Must remember to think outside the box more!
How funny is this book spoof? And how true, lol
PS: Was on pins and needles last night watching the Yankees game. Staying alive baby! Got teary when the crowd kept chanting Bernie Williams, Bernie Williams and then he came out and waved. He's been a Yankee for so long, I don't want him to leave. I'm missing part of the game tonight though, since I'm going to the U2 concert at Madison Square Garden. I'm of course looking forward to that too.