Bad and good choices can yield negative results. Or is it?

     Our lives are built on choices. We have chosen to live, we have chosen to defy nature, we have chosen to wage wars and we have chosen to live in peace. It is quite vague in terms of defining such choices bad or good. Actually, we cannot really define them at all. At glance, assuming there are no choice polarization in the first place and the choices we make are all bad, there is no grounds to state that they will ultimately have dire consequences. While good choices will always yield positive results, no matter how you phrase it.

     The atomic bombing upon Japan’s two cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Documented as the only time when WMDs, atomic bombs loaded with such a powerful warheads, were used on such a highly populated area. Every part of a human being knows that to bomb a whole city, not to mention two cities at the same time, is a bad decision. Such a bad decision that it will relay a never-ending consequence across generations: cancer, mutation and so on. However, if we look at it from another aspect, historians have agreed that this bombing event put a complete stop to an on-going war between America and Japan. Had it not been for the bombing, the war could have caused a far bigger human casualty, although the bombing is clearly, highly regarded as a crime against humanity. ‘Bad’ in the common sense of morality, despised by every soul, little do people know that the bombing had an ulterior motive. In the end, at least it helped to end a war.

     Venturing into a darker, much more debated realm, Hitler’s choice to have total world domination was rather a bad one. Undoubtedly, he had a cunning and successful way to execute his plans; he was a demagogue, a good one. People who had their families and friends lost in the World War Hitler started would sharply consider his decision to wage war was the worst choice ever. But have you ever thought that because of this war Hitler started that there were advents of technological advancement and innovation? To have an edge on the battlefield, both the Allied and the Axis employed ten of thousands of scientists, engineers and researchers. Through the research of a better, more destructive weapons, they also created and invented countless of ancestors to modern equipment, evidently: the computers. This has proven that, not all bad choice could end up in negative consequences.

     Apparently, people have chosen to overweigh the importance of choices. Choices are all always unpredictable in terms of whether it is good or bad. And even if the results seem kind of bad, if it is seen at another aspect, it is positive. Ultimately, the positives will always outweigh the negatives.

This post / essay was finished on August 24th, 2015. By Hoang Anh.

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