You are driving down the road in your two-seater sports 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?
Think before you read on.
For your information is moral and ethical dilemma was once actually used as part of a job applicant selection process.
Thinking about it you could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Alternatively you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be an ideal chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.
In one case 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 and I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.”
But I was always taught to “Think Outside of the Box.”
For me 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 bonnet of the car feeling the rain on my back, then drive off with the old friend for a few beers.
I just love happy endings.