This story http://inspiringshortstories.org/decision-making/ brought my memory of another true story that my master related in our class some eighteen years ago.

A story of a family with three young kids and their parents travelling by boat on a fierce, pregnant river. A crocodile got hold of the leg of the youngest one and was surely not going to let go of its prey. The entire family is at risk if they fought back the animal. The boatman was urging the father to let go of the child for the sake of the rest.

Our master asked us : What would you do if you are the father? While many in the class were ‘speechless’, some chose to ‘fight the crocodile even if that means the whole family will drown’.

What would you do?

Do you know what the father really did? He sacrificed the young one to save the family. Thereafter, the father did not only went through mental trauma of his choice but had to face the society and media.

These stories may be drastic but aren’t we facing the same dilemma now and then in life, career, business, social circle, politics, etc. How do we make decisions?

  • More rational or more emotional driven?
  • More eQ or more iQ used?
  • Maximisation of gain or minimisation of loss?
  • More for popularity or more for righteousness

Now let’s evaluate the stories :

  • The boat company is the biggest criminal for milking its customers without safety provision. Next come both the parents who put the entire family at (easily calculated) risk.
  • In the case of the railway track, the rail company is at fault for leaving a disused track accessible to kids.

In making decisions, let’s incorporate the lesson learnt as a big part of solution rather than not. We want to see diminishing number of risk creators.”Everybody makes mistakes, that’s why they put erasers on pencils”. I love pencils with erasers but I prefer to use the pencil more than the eraser. Isn’t that so?

Article written by Datin Kalavalli Sethu on 24 June 2016  – Source Linkedin