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Stepping Outside the Box: The Importance of a Different Perspective – Part IRobert Brooks, Ph.D.

I recently received an e-mail that was thought-provoking. Given the speed with which material on the internet crosses the world, a number of you may have seen it. The e-mail presented the following situation: * * * * You are driving along on a wild stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus: 1. An elderly woman who will die without medical treatment. 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, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car? This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application. You could pick up the elderly woman because she is going to die and thus, you should save her first; or you could take the 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. What would you do? The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his

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