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Stripping Down to Cause and Effect

One thing I've been striving to do - often unsuccessfully - is remove moral judgments from my observation of situations.

Most people don't distinguish between observing and judging.

They say, "It's bad that it's raining outside." Well. Maybe, yeah. But there's two things going on there - first, it's raining. That's either true or false. Then there's that "bad" - which is an opinion, a moral judgment on the situation.

I think most people aren't aware of when they're making moral judgments and when they're making observations. That's not good for being able to think clearly.

Analysis and observation needs to be separated from moral evaluation to do it straightforwardly, or else you get blind to effects you don't expect and don't want to see.

Why We Judge Fellow Humans

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You've probably heard that if you want to find out what you are most insecure and ashamed of, listen to how you judge people.

If you tend to say, "His shirt looks so tight on him!!" then you're probably most insecure of your body.

Thing is, I've always considered this statement one of those...

"Hmmm makes sense but nah"

At least not for me.

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