The Flaw in Our Judgments

We are all prone to misjudgments when deciding

Darren Matthews
Pragmatic Wisdom

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My son gave us the perfect demonstration of the flaw in our judgements when driving.
Photo by Barna Bartis on Unsplash

My 21-year-old son drives like a judge.

“The driver of that blue Ford is an idiot! They are going too slow!”

“I got overtaken by a right manic on the way home.”

The continuous moaning is hard to listen to. Every time he arrives home, we get another stream of judgments cast against other drivers. The bitterness of his complaints is irritating to hear until you realise we all do it.

We’re always judging others.

Not only with driving, but in every situation, discussion, and action we see every day.

The problem comes from the baseline we use to make those judgments.

You see, we don’t use objective points of reference to judge others. My son isn’t driving with a speed gun recording other driver’s speed. He is using his perception, built from his viewpoint, to call drivers out.

George Carlin had this great line:

“Have you ever noticed that everyone driving slower than you is an idiot and everyone driving faster than you is a manic?”

My son is the epitome of this. He uses his driving as a baseline to judge others.

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Darren Matthews
Pragmatic Wisdom

Following my curiosity — which is decision-making — and sharing what I learn along the way