DP: Tragedy on the Train tracks!


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While I was checking my e-mail today, I came across a most… unique DailyPost topic:

“An out of control train is about to run over a pile ofhappy puppies, do you…”

Half amused, and half wondering what the topic was “really” about, I read on:

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“An out of control train is about to run over a pile of happy puppies. You are standing at the control switch and can pull the level to direct the train onto a different track, saving their lives. But that other track has a smaller pile of equally happy puppies on it.”

What do you do and why?

Note: no actual puppies, happy or sad, were harmed in the making of this topic

Relieved that the lives of puppies didn’t really hang in the balance, I got to thinking about the topic’s true meaning… after all, there had to be something to it… didn’t there? I contemplated the possible “deep meaning” of the prompt – perhaps this was related to the conflicting moralities of human beings, and perhaps meriting the saying “survival of the fittest.” I then proceeded to take the question literally and actually come up with some kind of strategy, with a few friends, we certainly devised something that would work – unless the puppies had rabies and attacked on contact. Simply redirect the train towards the smaller pile of puppies! But I’m not finished yet… then before the train gets to the puppies, gather them together (supposing there aren’t too many, perhaps wrapping them in a blanket you conveniently had with you) saving both piles of puppies!

Whatever the case is, its certainly one of the most mentionable Daily Post topics in the blog’s history!



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About Zechariah Barrett

Greetings! Jambo! Hola ! 你好 ! Bonjour ! Hallo ! Привет ! Buongiorno ! こんにちは ! Thanks for checking out my profile. I'm Zechariah, an author, photographer, graphics designer, language learner, techie... I'll stop there for now. One more thing. I'm also a Christian. Depending on your life experience, that may mean different things to you. I want to assure you, however, that I don't subscribe to all the prevailing views. I don't subscribe to hate. I don't engage in party politics. I both care about a robust economy as well as the environment and social issues. I want to truly live my life by the Spirit of Christ, and that entails loving others and caring for this world. That's how I'm different. I'm not here to cast judgmental glances or make you feel like trash. My heart is to help others, and I hope that shows in all that I do. I also want to have a discussion. Not a debate, not an argument. I want to engage with my readers and viewers regardless of our differences, and then start a conversation. Let's make this world a better place. Together.

Posted on 04/07/2011, in Daily Post Topic, Post-A-Day {2011} and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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