#4 Judgement

There are no perfect measurements in science. You can always get closer. It is just the nature of the universe. It is infinite, no matter what part you are looking at, and we can’t count that high. At some point, we simply declare our measurement, our sample, our numbers, to be the best we can do or good enough. This is not a measurement. It is a judgement. Ultimately, that is what guides our decisions, not measurement, but judgement.

It is easy to tell the difference between a measurement and a judgement when we are observing a volume of water, the orbit of a planet, the passage of time. It gets more difficult when making a measurement or a judgement about people. Our ears are an imprecise and inaccurate ruler for measuring truth. Different eyes can see different degrees of beauty in the exact same object. And, that bypasses the question of whether such a thing as beauty or truth is even quantifiable or universally discernible.

It’s a compound problem. To hear what seems untruthful isn’t necessarily to hear someone tell a lie. To hear someone tell a lie isn’t necessarily to hear someone be dishonest. To hear someone be dishonest isn’t necessarily to witness someone be bad. To witness someone be bad isn’t necessarily to witness a bad person, etc.

Now, to hear it said that some man or some institution or even society as a whole can fully and accurately measure a person to be good or bad, worthy or unworthy, redeemable, lost, is not credible. It is more illuminating to understand why they were engaging in the act of measurement in the first place.

So, why does a woman measure a man?
Why does a college measure a student?
Why does a society measure a hero, a villain, a criminal, a martyr?
Well, why does a shooter measure a target’s distance?
Why does a commander measure the strength of an opposing force?
Why does a lioness judge which zebra to chase?

The acts of measurement and judgement are not benign. They are done in the pursuit of our overall strategy, in life, in mating, in business, etc. And, if our overall strategy is disruption, then the act of measurement and the act of judgement are nothing less than acts of war.


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