Originally posted by toast on October 07, 2019 21:27
I think that judging is natural and necessary. We make choices everyday without even realizing. Iyengar drew attention to the cultural differences between America and others around the world, we tend to view choice as a regular thing, everything from what we eat for breakfast to crucial medical decisions are up to us. It has grown to be expected that we will have choices regardless of any complications and choice is widely preferred to having someone else make difficult decisions. I personally think that choice is good but as Iyengar my choice to prefer choosing is a result of my environment. Having too much choice can lead to chaos but not enough makes people feel trapped and diminishes their rights. We have to judge in order to make choices and choices are needed to keep order in our lives.
Judging people is also necessary. When we meet someone most of us instantly develop an opinion on them which may vary widely. Through judging a person and their actions we determine what we think of them which then influences our future interactions with them. It helps us decide what type of person we believe they are and what we expect of them, good or bad, so that we can act accordingly. Without judging people we would not be able to determine who our friends are or anything similar. Judgement goes too far when it becomes discrimination. When people allow themselves to make superficial judgements and then treat others unjustly they take away the victims right to choose. One’s ability to choose should not impose on the rights of others.
Judging and choosing are a natural part of life though for some the extent varies. I also believe that descrimination can not be avoided, humans will find any excuse to persecute others because the idea of an “Us” versus “Them” leads to strong communities and a sense of superiority. While it is wrong and everyone seems to understand that at a basic level it can not be avoided. Iyengar told a story about women arguing over which of two nail polish colors is best when they could not actually be differentiated. That is not as severe as discrimination of people but it shows that given any opportunity to chose or judge someone will likely take it.
I also found that nail polish story interesting. If choices are based on perceived differences, then it would be really easy to manipulate this. If a government keeps telling the people an us vs them story when it comes to refugees, we would discriminate against refugees. If they keep telling us that all refugees are criminals, people begin to either believe or consider that. It makes you consider what choices we have made because we were manipulated to do so.