Imagine this; Something changes, it personally affects you, or someone close to you. Your first reaction is to resist it. you get angry, you get indignant, you make noise…”maintain the status quo” you shout, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s how it is. You’re myopic, you can only see the side of things that affect you.

Is it possible for you to stop and look past your initial indignation? Can you ask why this change was made? If you can that’s a good first step, but it’s not enough for you to just make the motions of asking questions. You have to listen and consider the response. Only then do you have the true right to emote. The old axiom “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover” comes to mind. You have to apply that principal to everything. you first reaction is not always the right reaction. You cannot assess any situation without ascertaining as much information as possible. The one issue with gathering information is that if you are gathering information from a person, you have to account for any biases someone may have.

Everyone has biases. The key to biases is that you have to own up to them.

Key Points: One should not react to a situation without assessing and considering all the facts. Do not Be afraid to ask questions. Be aware of who you are and what your biases are.

Be aware of who you are.
-Remove yourself from yourself: step away from yourself and look at yourself objectively.
-Look at your self from the shoes of others: Look at yourself subjectively, think of how others may see you
-You do not understand others, nor will you ever….everyone is different for a reason accept that.
-Embrace yous ignorance…it can be a strength.
-A wise person is more aware of what they don’t know than what they do know.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
-Go to more than one source
-Be aware that some people are unaware of their biases.
-Be aware of your own biases and take that into account
-Don’t take any information as gospel

…I think I am done now.


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