Harmful Decision Making
Throughout our lives we have to make a lot of decisions; some life changing, others seemingly unimportant. Every morning we choose what clothes we want to wear, putting the clothes we don’t like aside. This type of decision making is harmless and often necessary. In this scenario we are subconsciously judging our clothes whilst choosing what to wear. The point where decision making becomes harmful and toxic is when the decisions you make attack someone’s being. By this I mean their race, culture, religion, and other things along those lines. When someone looks at two people and decides one is better than the other because of something like skin color that crosses the thin line which is innocent decision making and discriminatory decision making. Saying that all decision making is harmful and bad wouldn’t be fair. There are some decisions that have to be made. Like when an employer interviews 10 different possible employees. If said employer chooses someone based off their skills and how much they would contribute to their team then that is fine. Now if the employer chose someone based on their skin color or beliefs then that would be an example of discriminatory decision making. The employer has to choose someone no matter what but how they come to their decision is what determines whether or not they are discriminating. The question of whether or not there could be a world without judgement or descrimination is a tough one to answer. First, you have to acknowledge the difference between judgement and discrimination. Although both are harmful they are very different. A judge uses judgement when reaching a verdict in a case; so does the jury. There are types of judgement that at times are necessary. Judgement becomes toxic when one uses it against someone; like when you judge someone based on their looks or how they dress. Descrimination is almost always used to describe a situation where one person is using someone’s race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc against them; like making vulgar comments about someone because of the color of their skin. Although I would love a world with no descrimination or harmful judgement that’s not very plausible seeing the types of people on earth today. People like the thousands that attended the protest in Charlottesville.
What’s the Choice?
Choice is a complex topic that is constantly in our everyday lives. More so in America than other countries according to Iyengar. One of the big assumptions is that we stay true to our choice which is what we did in the peppers in class. However, we all had a reason to pick the ones we did based on personal influences and on other interests based on past experiences. Making choices is based on influences and the society/culture as Iyengar mentioned, in her study Asians were influenced by their parents choices because that’s how their culture is, and in Russia they see all varieties as one choice because that’s how their society is. People judging and making choices is all based on influences. Iyengar also mentioned that with many options, differences, and variations we usually are more likely to be making the wrong or negative option. That’s where I believe America has a hard time with discrimination because of its great diversity and large marketing and past influences. We are presented with many different people wearing all different things with all different personalities and backgrounds, and we all make choices between who we want to work with based on interaction, societal expectations, and personal bias whether we realize it or not. One interesting things is how some countries with limited choices truly don’t mind but we, Americans, are influenced to heavily to make our own. The study about the decision of removing a child from life support really amazed me and realized how heavy society plays a role in thisIn America we also have people of all different backgrounds, with all different choice making influences and choice making methods. As humans we cannot avoid making choices nor change personal preferences. However, we can try to change our societies norm for choice making methods but even then our own personal choices will precede and drive others to do the same. There is good and bad to it. The good is free speech but the bad is stereotyping and different types of discrimination. The truth is we really can’t live without making choices because it is who we are as humans and I believe that the development of choice/decision making methods and influences can change and evolve but essentially there is no such things as the perfect world but it can definitely still be improved.