Monday, 4 April 2011

The right to judge?

It is part of human nature that we are capable of judging, in order to survive. For instance, passing a dark alley alone  is not very wise, or touching a steamy substance can be hurtful. We do it with information provided, and this can lead to either likely correct generalization or less likely correct assumption which we conveniently call Stereotype. From this point of view, stereotype is necessary evil, existing as a survival value but can easily lead up to discrimination.

Having accepted this, we may learn how to avoid pre-assumption and stereotypes by CONSCIOUSLY gathering as much information as possible before giving judgement. It is impossible NOT to give judgement, but Intercultural Awareness can help us to slow down the judgement process and aim at a more reliable and accurate evaluation.

3 comments:

  1. "It is impossible NOT to give judgment" - well said. So many trainers in diversity or intercultural skills seem to think that it's a question of merely "being open" and "not being judgmental." What they neglect is that judgment and assumption are part of human nature. Biological.

    The best intercultural training and communication techniques can help us do is to acknowledge the differences and to find ways to compensate, not to ignore.

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  2. That's right. It is hypercritical to say that one should not judge. Even if we dont want to, we still do it. So why not face it and deal with it.

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  3. There is no reality, only perception

    Diego B. Mozzato

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