In his own inimitable way, Charlie Brown once said to Snoopy:
“When a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it still make a sound”

Now unlike Snoopy, I’m guessing most of us never really give it much thought, but when I equated this with problems in our own lives, I found myself in a bit of a sticky situation:

Is it still a bug in my program when no one knows there’s a bug in my program?

Do I still owe Bob the €15 if he doesn’t remember I owe him money?

Do I still have to be in office at 9 o clock when no one will see there at 9 o clock?
The list goes on.

And unfortunately, I’m not too sure we answer ‘yes’ all the time. I don’t wanna go into deeper philosophical or moral consequences of the answers, but I’d just like to say that sometimes, there’s more to it.

After all, that tree did make a crash, whether you heard it or not!


Alok said...

Nice post.

Well, the last line says what I wanted to say.

If I know something, I'm responsible for it, no matter if no one else does. :)

Arun Sundar said...


Anonymous said...

To sum it up, it just reminds me of the Day of Judgement. :) Where every little action of ours counts...

Rayees Ahamed said...

amazing :)

:) As victorious said , the question is , is it really that "No one knows ?" :) ...

Rayees Ahamed said...

as you are also in germany , i should point out that unlike other countries especially India , most of the germans follow traffic signals and rules properly let it be midnight or midday , let here be no traffic or a traffic jam ...

rahman said...

Yeah you maybe right, but after what happened to me yesterday, I wouldn't wanna think.
(The next post is gonna be on this)

Sorry mate, I couldn't help myself with this one :)

@the victorious
Can't agree more! We all forget, don't we?

Yup, took the words right outta my mouth.
And hey, these Germans honestly drive me crazy sometimes....I mean who else waits at a red light at midnight when there's no one around for miles...

A wo(a)ndering mind said...

u have a spl talent to make mundane thoughts very very interesting.. amazed at ur writing skills yet again!
ya.. ideally the answer to the questions is a yes for sure.. practically sometimes yes, sometimes no i guess.. all of us subject ourselves to "subjective ehics" I guess.. right or wrong.. i dont know.. lets be subjective again..:P

rahman said...

@a wondering mind

Thx loads dudette!
You just made my day!