What would you do?

Hi, Everyone!

Once in a very rare while, I receive something in my email that I think is interesting enough to share. Here’s one I received over the weekend:

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 car?

Answer the question 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 he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him 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. He 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 — and never forget to ‘Think Outside of the Box.’

Personally, I took the old lady to the hospital — guess I wouldn’t get the job!



2 Responses to What would you do?

  1. What a great post! Thank you, T, for reminding us that the first answer is not always the only nor the best answer.

  2. Great story T. And I have to admit, I took the old lady to the hospital hands down. But I also never assumed I would “never be able to find my perfect mate again.” Since that was below the instruction to answer the question, I had a different construct – that if it was indeed my perfect mate, he would know that I was going to the hospital, would be able to find me there, (would be eager to find me knowing that I had done the ethical thing to care for someone in trouble), and would follow along shortly …!!

    Since we do get to construct these scenarios to a degree, seems important to know why someone answered why they did. But the ‘out of the box’ scenario never occurred to me – the winning answer was given by a male and is a masculine construct though assuming the person at the bus stop is female (he could stay and keep her warm). In my feminine construct, I figured the mate of my dreams would have both the sense and the ability to notice me and also come find me!! (If not, he wouldn’t be the mate of my dreams …)

    Cheers, Dolly

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