I’ve noticed an irrational societal trend toward the expectation of perfection in other people. If anybody in the news fails to completely understand a topic, fails to follow every recommended rule, or otherwise has a poor result after taking some sort of action, social media erupts with outrage over the person’s stupidity. They literally call for jail time, removing children from the home, or DEATH, as a penalty for the person’s ignorance or naivete or ACCIDENT.
1. There are no perfect people.
2. No matter how smart you are at X, Y, or Z, you cannot also be smart at A, B, and C. There are going to be knowledge gaps.
3. Accidents happen suddenly and unexpectedly because people and situations are not perfect.
4. Smart & careful people slip up when they are sick (migraine? cancer? altitude sickness? the list goes on and on) and when they are overwhelmed (just got fired? fight with spouse? two fighting kids in the back seat?) and when they’re learning something new (skiing, driving, new baby…). Multiply that tenfold when the person has a low IQ and/or low education level.
5. If you expect other people to know all the exact some knowledge that you know, YOU are irrational. Nobody is your clone.
Honestly, I’m alarmed at the number of people I see making comments on social media (definitely including my regular FB friends) who cannot seem to grasp imperfection, nor grasp the idea that just because THEY were raised perfectly does not mean that other people were raised with the same knowledge, values, and goals.
It makes me think that we’re moving toward a police state, because the public seems so eager to crucify literally anybody who ends up in the news, with a total “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality.
Yesterday there was a news story about some unfortunate inner-city people who did something that revealed a certain lack of knowledge on their part. I had FB friends who were RIDICULING those people.
Hello??? On what planet is it okay to make fun of people who fall into the classic definition of “underprivileged”? They didn’t harm anybody. They simply didn’t know what they didn’t know, and it got them into trouble. We should not be laughing at such people, we should be PRAYING for them!
Crista H. – shares opinions on world matters combined with financial consulting