Read the full story.”A man wakes up in his apartment. He starts to get ready to head out. He leaves his apartment and waits for the elevator doors to close. His neighbor starts to walk towards the elevator and makes a hand gesture to signal to the man to hold the elevator door for him. He doesn’t and the door closes in his neighbor’s face. The man makes his way towards the coffee shop. On his way a little boy drops his toy on the ground and the man steps on it, completely crushing it. He enters the coffee shop and makes his way towards the line. He cuts in, skipping two nice college students that have been waiting for 20 minutes. He buys his coffee and leaves. While making his way through the park he bumps into a girl and spills her ice cream. Later as he sits on a train a pregnant woman boards, but he doesn’t offer her his seat.”
The man was blind.
Now while you were reading the prompt above your reaction, mostly likely, was one of disgust. “Man, that guy is a jerk!”. This would be a normal reaction for anyone with a good sense of morality. You may have been ready to completely tear the comments calling the man some long, intricate insult. Yet if you stuck around for the last sentence then your perspective may have changed completely. Your entire view had changed by learning that one small piece of information. But what if you hadn’t read the last sentence. Most likely you would have continued to believe that the man was the epitome of human indecency. You would have formulated an entire opinion, a negative one, without knowing all the facts. It’s so easy to think dismissively of people, but it shows a deep flaw in the way we think. You can’t give a substantial opinion on a subject or person without recognizing all the details. To have the ability to analyze a subject you have to gather as much cold hard facts as you can.
This is the root of a problem that society is facing and has always faced: showing signs of prejudice based on a bias opinion without having all the facts, especially when it comes to judging other people, we assert this faulty way of thinking. It’s so easy to think dismissively of people but it shows just how deeply flawed our judgment is. These premature judgments have given us the dreadful habit of isolating others. These isolation barriers create divisions in our society. Divisions in our society create conflict. We tell ourselves not to associate with other because of who they are, what they do, or what they represent. Yet how many of us have truly tried to understand them. Have we even really tried to talk to others? Have we tried to relate or identify ourselves with them? How many of us know the entire story? This detrimental rip in our society can be fixed so easily by just reading the full story. We may not like a certain group, but we must try to, at the very least, make an effort to hold off on our pre-judgment and gather the full story. A single sentence someone tells you may completely change your entire perspective of them.