Killing the Buddha
A computer programmer was tasked to complete his weekly assignments and report on them at the beginning of the next week.
Until now, his work had been straightforward; basically putting it off until the weekend when he would pull an overhaul session.
This week, just by chance, when he got home from work Monday afternoon, he took a look through the files, and as he looked through them he found a few bugs that were minor, but otherwise thinking that these errors were a little “odd” he did not think anything unusual…
...until he found an error that could bring down the whole corporation that he worked for…
After a bit of panic, he came back to earth and weighed the situation:
He could tell his company about this impending disaster, but he knew with all the read tape that the managers had to go through, they would not be able to solve the problem in time.
So he endeavored to take the whole week to try and re-code the whole system by next week; not telling anyone of his findings.
About half way through the week, a nagging feeling started to form in the back of his mind that this bug would be too difficult to solve.
Along with this frenetic anxiety, his productivity in the workplace started to worry his coworkers; but he allayed their fears telling them “I’m fine.”
But as the weekend came and started to draw to a close, no much progress had been made to solve this disastrous computer program,
...so he made an ultimate decision…
He deleted the entire database.
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