Choices all Around Us
Judgement and discrimination is comes naturally to people. As we have grown up we've been taught to judge in every aspect of our lives, whether it be about who we want to be friends with or what restaurant you want to eat at. I do not think that judgement is necessarily a bad thing but it can be taken too far when you begin to judge people solely based on assumptions. I think that you should give everyone a chance when you meet them and try not to let your preconceptions about them get in the way of what you actually learn about them. As Americans we have been choosing all of our lives, everything we do has many options. At the grocery store there's about 15 different kinds of milk to choose from, at one point in your life choosing becomes natural and you learn to live off of your instinct. I do not think that choice is inherently good or bad, but depending on what kind of choices you make they could have negative consequences. As mentioned in the Sheena Iyenger TED talk people in other countries don't have the same views on choice as we Americans do. I think some of this depends on what you are used to, if you only are given 1 option you might not think about the choices that you could be making because they have been predetermined for you. It's like the saying “what you dont know cant hurt you” if you don't know that other choices are available to people in a similar situation you will not feel like you are missing out on an opportunity, but if you have been accustomed to choice all your life and now suddenly those choices are taken away you will miss the time when you were able to choose.
In a society there are many roles for choices. In America particularly, political and economic choices are at the forefront of society's mind. People on different sides of the political scale have made choices to get them there. All though they have been given similar options they have chosen differently based on their personal experience and preferences. America seems to be divided by these choices and it makes me wonder what would happen if we did not have those choices. Would the country feel so divided or would we be able to come together? I do think choices are essential to making society run because without them we would have no individuality and people would become too similar. Variety in choices have created the complex and diverse society that we live in today, without those choices who knows what society would look like. Although judgement and discrimination are not the most positive things I do not think the world can exist with out them. There is a strange balance between the world based on the way that we all judge each other and without that balance the world would be totally different.
In response to @greenbeans question The last time I remember making a serious judgement or choice was right before election day. My family has different political views than I, especially my extended family. It can be awkward at times when their views contradict with mine. I decided to speak up against my conservative uncle because I disagreed with his views and I made a serious judgement on him based on his political views. Normally I have to let some things that he says go because him and some other family members brush off my views as being those of a child who still doesn't understand enough to form an opinion. Even though this was a difficult judgement to make against my own family member it was important for me to do so.
My question is: How would you feel if some simple choices that you make every day were taken away? Would you miss those choices or be glad that you have less things to worry about?