Subba’s Serendipitous moments

January 14, 2007

The moral poser

Filed under: Education,Learning,Perspective,Stories — Subbaraman Iyer @ 3:35 pm

Well, here is an interesting morality poser . A couple of years back when I was teaching the MBA program, I posed this to the class. It drew about 60 responses and seemed to be more popular than some of the other posers that I post:

The basic rules and guidelines:

  1. There is no right or wrong answer. Every answer is acceptable. You cant criticize another person’s answer.
  2. You don’t need to justify your choice. If you want to, your justification has to be restricted to ONLY one line/one sentence
  3. You are not allowed to discuss this question with anyone as you answer.
  4. You cant add more facts or make any other assumptions or make some wild tangential interpretations.

A man (M) and a lady (L) who are very much in love and devoted to one another, are separated by a river with no way of getting across to the other side. On L’s side of the river, there is a boatman (B) who is able to take her across but refuses to do so unless she pays him a price of $100, thrice his normal fare. L has no money.

Another man (S) tells L that he will give her (L) $100 if she sleeps with him. L agrees to do so and on receiving the money, pays B the boatman, who takes her across the river. She is reunited with M and they are very happy together again. However a friend of M(F) finds out what L did with S and immediately tells M. On learning the news, M ends things with L, stating that he wants nothing to do with her.

Now, here is your task:

Rank these 5 people : M, L,B,S and F from the best person to the worst person with just a one line/sentence elaboration.


1 Comment »

  1. from best to worst : L-S-B-F-M

    Comment by ashish — March 14, 2009 @ 11:45 am | Reply

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