It is a disturbing and paradoxical question. “Would you kill the ‘Fat Man?”
It is the title of the essay by David Edmonds, Professor at Oxford University, who is able to have fun in making difficult issues seem simple by showing us how often, in everyday life, there is a dilemma that would never happen..
If you keep reading you’ll understand why I asked you if you “Would kill the fat man.”
In America, there are already several publications about this very fact. Yet it seems to me, that in Europe, we are ignoring the economic aspect and also the moral aspect which are the real problems. .
I’m talking about the advancement of technology at the expense of the middle class.
The blue-collar workers were swept away first. We then built technological robots to replace the workforce of the factories. Now, technology is also sweeping away white-collar workers and the middle class. We are replacing them with more efficient and faster solutions.
We live in a world where there are millions of software, websites, apps and cloud services that are always connected and always available and they promise three things:
- Access 24/7
- Reading of data
- Cutting of costs
Think about it. There is a portal to replace the building managers, the software to do accounting alone, apps that allow you to have a personal trainer in your pocket, there is software which measures all that can be measured (and also not).
There are even sites that can make you an appeal to your local city hall, totally online. And you only spend 50 euro instead of the 500 a lawyer would ask. But above all, there are e-commerce websites that are sweeping away the shops. At least, the stores that do not know how to differentiate themselves.
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Be careful I am not saying it’s bad but I’m not saying that it’s good either. It’s just a fact, a growing trend that cannot be ignored any longer.
People are still buying, but they want the best price, with the best choice and in the shortest wait time possible. We want it all and we all behave in the same way. Who, during the last six months, did not go at least once on Amazon to find a better price for a product seen in a shop?
The problem with most people is that they reject change. Even when (perhaps unconsciously) they are an integral part of this particular change. They hide their heads in the sand and hope that nothing will happen. But change happens and with it brings many good things, if you keep things in perspective.
So when you find yourself deciding which university to enroll your child, consider that the best professions of the last three decades, such as lawyers, accountants and dentists, will have great difficulty doing this simple thing.
When you choose to stake everything on, your salary will increase at the end of the year, you must know that there will probably be a cheaper software; Which, will tell you everything you want to know about anything.
And when you buy your new shoes on Zalando, because they come directly to your home and if you do not like them, you can change them without problem, well you should consider that you have just made a choice that is much more important than meer shoes.
Now we come back to the question.
Would you kill the fat man?
That is the challenge. Part of a book that developed from a paradoxical situation.
In short: you are on the verge of observing an impending tragedy. A runaway trolley is running on a track towards five men tied to the tracks, if not stopped, it will kill all five of them. That is not all. A very fat man is standing next to you: if you push him and cause him to fall on the tracks, the large weight of his body will stop the trolley, saving five lives, but he will die.
What would you do? Would you pretend to be helpless and let those five people die, or would you intervene and sacrifice a human life?
Both choices are valid; but which is the right one? Or better, which one is the lesser evil?
If you think you could get by arguing that it is an unlikely situation, you have to think again. As Edmonds explains, all of us actually are called to make choices dictated by our ethics, which are more or less difficult. In fact, the way we respond tells us a lot about what we consider to be right or wrong.
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Do not miss this book: you will have fun and it could change the way you think.
Here is the problem that you have ahead of you today. It is more or less the same. I would like to have your comments in the box below. What would you choose between:
1. Choosing to buy online and installing a new software, to save a little money and having more free time for yourself.
2. Choosing to go to the store and keep doing things the way you have always done, spending more and delaying change?
If you choose number 1 and you belong to the middle class or the working class, you must know that you have to start today to develop your financial intelligence. You will need to learn very quickly to make your money work for you and to create more money in a smarter way (in practice, stop exchanging time for money).
If you choose number 2, you must know that change cannot be avoided, you can only delay it and all the time that has already passed, will probably be time that you have lost.
To your financial freedom,