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Decision Making 做决定---转载

(2008-05-29 09:21:46)
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            Train Track and Children

                 火车铁轨和小孩

The story given here is quite interesting and really gives us an insight into Decision Making.

这个故事很有趣,让我们对作决定有更深刻地认识。

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.

有一群小朋友在两条铁轨附近玩耍,一条铁轨还在使用,一条已经停用;只有一个小朋友选择在停用的铁轨上玩,其他的小朋友全都在仍在使用的铁轨上玩。

The train came, and you were just beside the track interchange. It was not possible to stop the train but you could make the train change its course to the disused track and saved most of the kids.

这时火车来了,而你正站在铁轨的切换器旁。让火车停下来已经不可能了,但你能让火车转往停用的铁轨,这样的话你就可以救了大多数的小朋友。

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?

但是,那也意味着那个在停用铁轨上玩的孤独的小朋友将被牺牲掉。你该怎么办?或者让火车自己开过去吗?

Let’s take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make……

让我们停一下,想想我们会做怎样的决定。

Analyse the situation……

分析一下形势

Think and reflect……

仔细想想

Decided your answer!!!

给出你的答案

Now…go ahead

现在。。。继续

Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. To save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally.

(据说)大多数人会选择改变火车轨道,牺牲那名在停用铁轨上玩的小孩。无论从道义上还是情感上讲,以一个孩子的代价来挽救大多数孩子的生命会是大多数人的理性决定。

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?

但是,你是否想过,那名选择在停用铁轨上玩的小孩显然是做出了正确决定—在安全的地方玩?

Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was.

然而他却不得不为那些选择在危险的地方玩的无知的朋友们而去牺牲。

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.

这种进退两难的局面每天都在我们的身边发生。在办公室、团体里、政党里,尤其在一个民主的社会,少数人常常为了多数人的利益而牺牲自己,无论那些多数人是多么愚蠢和无知,无论少数人多么有远见卓识。

The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelines. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him.

那个选择不与其他在正在使用的铁轨上玩耍的小孩被逐出局。在这里,他被牺牲掉,没有人为他落一滴眼泪。

To make the proper decision is not try to change the course of the train because 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.

正确的决定是---不要试图让火车变道,因为在铁轨上玩的孩子们当然知道轨道正在使用,如果他们听到火车鸣笛,自然会跑开的。

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.

但如果将轨道切换后,那个乖小孩必定蚕丝,因为他从来没想过火车还会开到废轨道上!而且,火车轨之所以被废弃,一定是因为它也是不安全的。

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.

如果火车被切过去了,整车的乘客可能被置于危险之中!在你试着用牺牲一个小孩的生命来挽救几个小孩的时候,你可能是在用整车的乘客来挽救这几个小孩子。

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.”

我们都知道生活中充满着艰难的决定需要我们去做,我们可能没有意识到,匆忙做出的决定并不总是正确的。“记住,正确的不总是大家都支持的那一个。。。大家都支持的不见得总是正确的。”

 

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