Logical Vs Lateral Thinking.

  Raj Kumar
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Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had
the misfortune
of owing a large sum of money to a village
moneylender.
The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the
farmer's beautiful
daughter. So he proposed a bargain.

He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could
marry his
daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were
horrified by the
proposal. So the cunning money-lender suggested that
they let
providence decide the matter. He told them that he
would put a black
pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag.
Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the
bag.

1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become
his wife and her
father's debt would be forgiven.
2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry
him and her
father's debt would still be forgiven.
3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father
would be thrown
into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the
farmer's field. As
they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two
pebbles. As he
picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he
had picked up two
black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked
the girl to
pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field.
What would you have done if you were the girl? If you
had to advise
her, what would you have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black
pebbles in the bag
and expose the money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice
herself in order
to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above
story is used with
the hope that it will make us appreciate the
difference between
lateral and logical thinking. The girl's dilemma
cannot be solved with
traditional logical thinking. Think of the
consequences if she chooses
the above logical answers.

What would you recommend to the Girl to do?


Well, here is what she did ....


The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a
pebble. Without
looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the
pebble-strewn path
where it immediately became lost among all the other
pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if
you look into
the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to
tell which
pebble I picked." Since the remaining pebble is black,
it must be
assumed that she had picked the white one. And since
the money-lender
dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what
seemed an
impossible situation into an extremely advantageous
one.

MORAL OF THE STORY:


Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only
that we don't
attempt to think.
Start your day with this thought provoking story and
have a nice day


DONT WORK HARD...
... "WORK SMART"


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