The buridan donkey paradox

According to Buridan\'s philosophy, a donkey who is both hungry and thirsty should be placed halfway between a stack of hay and a pail of water. According to the dilemma, the donkey dies of hunger and thirst because it is unable to choose between hay and water.

Imagine a donkey that is equally thirsty and hungry and is positioned precisely at the same distance from food and water sources. Theoretically, it would be unable to choose between thirst and hunger, so it would perish from both simultaneously, much like me when I had to select between rice and chapati.

We can toss a coin and prod the donkey at random, forcing it to move away from one source of food or drink and toward the other. In this manner, the impasse would be quickly resolved, and the donkey would either be well fed before being well watered, or vice versa.

The paradox is named for the moral determinism advocated by French philosopher Jean Buridan in the 14th century. Although Buridan is credited with creating the depiction, the idea was first explored by Aristotle and Al Ghazali, who used the examples of a guy who was equally hungry and thirsty and a man who had to choose between two good dates with girls.

Randomness in decision making may appear to be the antithesis of logic or reason, a last ditch effort to give up on a subject. Random results, however, can occasionally be employed as a means of breaking deadlocks. One cannot expect a man (or a donkey) who views two possibilities as actually equally enticing to act rationally. Sometimes, rather than attempting to fully think out an answer, the best way to solve an issue is to rely on luck.