1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

Test yourself: how will you meet a difficult ethical choice? May 21, 2010

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 10:23 am

A stormy night

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. 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 man (or) woman 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.

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 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 dream lover again.


The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer.

The answer was very simple: “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 man (or woman) of my dreams.” 

Moral of the story: Never forget to “Think Outside of the Box.”


14 Responses to “Test yourself: how will you meet a difficult ethical choice?”

  1. Hehehe…this is a lovely one, Axinia, and I’ve read this one before 🙂

    Another moral of the story: Never buy a car that can seat only two people 😆


  2. Watcher Says:

    I would pick the old lady up.

    For the simple reason that the your life was saved, the old lady could be saved, and you never know when mr or mrs right would come along.

    In other words “pass on the good deed to a stranger”

  3. Watcher Says:

    If you have a Heart that is.

  4. Watcher Says:

    One for you axinia.

    If you threw a rose petal into a river, where would it stop its Journey?

    Would it sink?.

    Would it be eaten by fish?.

    Would it stray to the side?

    Would it make it to where its suppose to go?

    Answer……No one knows because it does not have freewill of where it will end its journey, we do as human beings.

  5. mirel Says:

    i would definitely flunk the test!
    nonetheless, I would rush the old lady to the hospital asap. Like Sinatra said, this is ‘my way’!
    letting the friend who once saved my life , do the job is the way to ‘pay him back’ or to show my gratitude to him?! He knows already what it means and what it takes to save a life.

    the perfect dream lover? …..actions speak louder than words or fine talks. well, would he reach the hospital to ask the lady’s conditon or contact me via my friend?
    thats the beginning. Let’s talk!

  6. swaps Says:

    Let ur old friend drive the old lady.

    As for me… there are a few moments more cherished in life than being alone with the perfect lady on a rainy night 😉

  7. Dave Paquiot Says:

    IF he is my best friend, he wouldn’t mind driving the old lady to the hospital for me, while I talk to my perfect woman. Hopefully he will remember to take my wallet out of the glove department before he drives off so I dont look like a fool

  8. Alima Says:

    Oh, I wouldn’t be hired for the job!)))
    That’s a nice post again! Can I repost it
    someday,maybe? Do you have a translation,

  9. prags21 Says:

    This is totally awesome! Thanks

  10. heph Says:

    nice old story. But always good.

  11. Sandeep chadha Says:

    An great eye opener motivates to be spontaneous in life !

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