The idea of this page is a light hearted but thought provoking one. However first of all, I just wanted
a moment to be serious - and to name three men who really DID make a positive difference to the world.
Engineer Alexei Ananenko and soldiers Valeri Bezpalov and Boris Baranov were the men who
volunteered to swim through the radioactive water underneath the Chernobyl Reactor. They did so
knowing that they would die in the chamber, once they had released the water inside it.
In short when Chernobyl went into a meltdown state, there was a monumental problem
because when the reactor core melted through the upper chamber, it would have landed
in water. The resulting instant vapourisation to ultra high pressure steam combined with
the hydogen / oxygen cracked from the water was MORE than amble to blow the entire
core thousands of feet into the air - making what had happened thus far seem like a minor
issue. The ONLY want to avoid contamination of an HUGE area of Russia, was to send
men into the flooded chamber directly underneath the metled core and have them open the
drain valve. Then, shortly after when the core melted through, it would not explode into the air.
This they did - almost certainly saving many tens of millions of lives. It always saddens me
that we remember pointless little people from shows like "Big Brother", but three men
who willingly sacrificed their lives to die alone from radiation burns inside a concrete tank
are almost unheard of - despite saving more lives that decade than ever doctor, nurse
and medic put together around the entire world.
Their names again are Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov and Boris Baranov
What are your priorities in life?
You are driving down the road on a foul, wet stormy night and as you slow down for traffic lights you notice, on the side of the road three people waiting for a bus.
One of the people is an old lady who looks as though she is about to die, the second is an old friend who once saved you life. The last person is the partner of your dreams.
Your car can only take one passenger, what do you do?
Think about your answer before scrolling down.............
Other than driving past without picking anyone up, there seem to be three options.
1. Give a lift to the old lady as she is clearly the most in need at that point.
2. Return the kindness once shown to you by the friend that saved your life.
3. Grab the chance to find your perfect partner - the chance may never happen again.
There is perhaps, another option.
You give your old friend the car keys and ask him to take the lady to the hospital, meanwhile you remain behind and wait for the bus with the partner of your dreams.
Think outside the box!
Now a different one - A moral dilemma:
(a cut and paste article but I thought it worth putting here)
With all your honor and dignity, what would you do? Please don’t answer without giving it serious thought. By giving an honest answer you will be able to test where you stand morally.
The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation, where you will have to make a decision one way or the other. Please scroll down slowly and consider each line- this is important for the test to work accurately.
You’re in Florida... in Miami, to be exact. There is great chaos going on around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods. There are huge masses of water all over you. You are a news photographer and you are in the middle of this great disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You’re trying to shoot very impressive photos. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water. Nature is showing all its destructive power.
Suddenly you see a man in the water, fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by the masses of water and mud. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar.
Suddenly you know who it is -- it’s George W. Bush!
At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away, forever. You have two options. You can save him or you can take the best photo of your life. So you can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a Pulitzer prize winning photo, a unique photo displaying the death of one of the world’s most powerful men.
And here’s the question (please give an honest answer):
Would you select colour film, or go with the simplicity of classic black and white?
Is it worth the risk?
Presented as food for thought ONLY - NOT an excuse to blame
me for doing something silly / mean / illegal / stupid.
Used to establish objectively if an event which perhaps ought not be countenanced, can be justified. This ignores legality, ethics and consideration for others, it is purely based on “self” and/or when there is no consequence to any other person (unless they are incorporated into the equation as either RB or RC). Suggested range of responses is 0-100. This permits top or bottom values from as little as 1 through to 10,001. The +1 permits the use of 0 while avoiding the division by zero.