Decisions

****** This is NOT about football! ******

Manchester United drew 3-3 with Everton today. We were winning 3-1 after 90 minutes, and had to hold on for a further 3 minutes of extra time. Somehow, we managed to let Everton score 2 goals in 3 minutes and ended up dropping two valuable points. It’s annoying, but hey, that’s football for you.

I’d like to talk about the decision our manager Sir Alex Ferguson made before the match. He decided to drop our star striker Wayne Rooney because of the amount of pressure Rooney had been under. After we scored the third goal to go 3-1 up, it seemed like our manager had made a good decision in dropping Rooney. However, at the end of the match, it seemed like he had made bad decision. 🙂

It’s interesting how a decision could change from ‘good’ to ‘bad’ in just 3 minutes. For the record, I think he made the right decision, but that would just complicate things. Anyway, this particular decision is being judged on the outcome, rather than the intention. When we look at decisions other people make, do we  focus more on their intentions or more on the outcome? It’s easy to see an outcome, but impossible to see a person’s intention.

One of the biggest decisions made in this country in the last 10 years was Tony Blair’s decision to send British troops into Iraq. A very large number of people told him he was wrong at the time, and they still believe he made a huge mistake. I’m not going into the rights or wrongs of the war in Iraq, but I would like to consider Tony Blair’s decision. If he says he had the right intentions, do we just have to take him at his word, no matter how much we disagree with him?

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