GRE ISSUE ESSAY-3
GRE Issue Essay Samples
"People are too quick to take action; instead they should stop to think of the possible consequences of what they might do."
There are many ways of looking at a thing. Similarly, there are many consequences of a particular thing. You can reach the desired goal according to the path you choose. It is thus a matter of choosing the correct path at the correct time. If the right time is over, then there is no way to turn back and mend your ways. That is why you must be very cautious of your actions and think before you leap.
The benefits of thinking and proceeding with any job are many. Not only does it involve calculations and planning, but it also turns out to be the wisest thing possible. When you spare some time to ponder over the issue and the plan of action, it involves looking deep into the issue keeping in mind all its aspects. Thus, the possibility of any hurdles and shortfalls is previously thought over. In case there are some hurdles that are met later during the course of action, one can deal with it in a better way. This is because thinking of all the possibilities prepares you for all situations.
Jumping to conclusions is just an act of impulse. When you are subject to impulse, you have a strong and sudden wish to do something without thinking about its results. It is likely that what you do in such a case leads to the result that is expected. However, there are great chances that it leads to the opposite or even a disastrous end. To avoid any such chances, the best thing to do is to think of all the possible consequences and then act according to requirement.
I had heard of an incident when a group of school boys had gone out in the country side for a small picnic. The
idea was to have fun and enjoy the day playing around in the open. That is why on seeing a beautiful stream
some of them decided to jump in for a swim. Without thinking about any safety measures, they jumped into the
stream. To their surprise the stream was flooded and the current was too much for them to fight against. Sooner
than they realized they were being washed away by the powerful stream. It was only with the thoughtful and timely
action of the other boys that a rescue team could be called and the boys could be rescued. It can be seen that
the boys did not think that their activities of deriving fun would take such a dangerous turn. The lesson from
such an incident is for everyone to learn. Had the boys thought over the possibility of such a thing, they would
not have probably thought of going for a swim. Alternatively, probably to satisfy their wish of swimming, they
could have chosen a better time when the stream would not be so flooded, or a better place like a pool.
It is the general tendency of a person to listen to the heart. Thus, their actions are guided by the heart and not by brain. However, this is not applicable to one and all. It cannot be generalized to each and every person. There are many people who think before doing any work. The action of working on an impulse is largely due to the habits of an individual. If a person is trained by his parents, teacher or guide to give a thought before acting upon something, he can be conditioned to think logically before doing any work.
It is not in our hands to change what is already done. However, we can surely change the way things shape up by carefully thinking over the matter. Actions are not reversible. Thus, the deed once done can never be corrected. The only thing that is left later with the person is regret, that the consequence could have been avoided with proper thought and planning. Thus, instead of regretting and fretting, one must make the best of the opportunity and think logically about the consequences and accordingly act upon the matter.