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Friday, October 27, 2006

Speaking of Unreasonable Men

On 10/26/06, D. L. GuyIKnowatNunya.net forwarded (again) to me:
>              Read the entire thing:
> 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 your entire life.
> Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could
> only be one passenger in your small 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 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.
> Never forget to "Think Outside the Box."
> HOWEVER...., the correct answer is to run the old lady over and put her
> out of her misery, have sex with the perfect partner on the hood of the
> car, then drive off with the old friend for a few beers!!!! God, I just
> love happy endings!

<<I have to break in here.The problem with this old chestnut is that the winning "right" answer is not possible the way the question is worded.

[Which one would you choose to *offer a ride to*]

The way the winning candidate chose to discard this detail and offer
his keys to one of his choices of passenger doesn't display "thinking
outside the box" or "a lack of stubborn limitations"; rather he showed
himself to be a jerk that has no respect for authority or the
constraints of logic that the other candidates likely did. The correct
answer would be to take the old lady which is all the question asked.
Whether you choose to, I don't know, um maybe give a couple people
your phone number or tell them you'll come back or whatever before you leave - has nothing to do with the question that was offered. Remember,a reasonable man sees the world as it is and adapts, the unreasonable man seeks to change the world to suit him, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men. Men like this jerk that handed his keys off and died in the horrible bus accident with his soulmate.

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