Updated: Oct 5, 2020
S = Snap
T = Total
U = Unquestioned
P = Passive
I = Ideologically Filtered
D = Dogmatic
Sign #1 of S.T.U.P.I.D. Thinking
S = Snap Judgments
Snap your fingers. That fast.
The first sign that alerts me to my own S.T.U.P.I.D. thinking is when I come across new information and I make a snap judgment concerning it.
Making a snap judgment is making a conclusion about something the split second after hearing about it.
It is when my first impulse is to judge, rather than the vastly wiser “I don’t know. I’m not going agree or disagree. I need to learn more.”
Snap judgments are when my first trigger becomes my foundational truth. When the first thing my mind triggers in response to new information, becomes what I consider to be true.
Snap judgments are simply knee-jerk, immediate emotional responses.
In the last few years, I’ve observed that snap judgments are being made by everyone all of time about everything.
Snap judgments are not the exception. They’re the rule.
It’s very easy to see how mob violence or a mob mentality gets started. Just start gathering a large group of people and get them to make snap judgments on something. You will see people’s first impulse almost invariably to be reactionary, not rational. To be triggered, not thoughtful.
If you want to stir up a human hornet’s nest, just go to any Social Media platform like Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and throw out some explosive sounding judgment on a controversial subject. Make some strong, dogmatic opinion (on either side of the argument) about:
· Social distancing
· Mandatory face masks
· Black Lives Matter
· All Lives Matter
· Systemic Racism
· Defunding the Police
· Climate Change
· Identity Politics
· Barack Obama
· the Clintons
· Jeffrey Epstein
· Donald Trump
· Gender Identification
· the 9/11 attack of 2001
Then sit back and watch people burn.
Watch them lose their minds and begin firing a flurry of tweets and posts expressing their snap judgments. For expressing a contrary opinion, you will quickly be called one of the 4 “I’s.” That is, be prepared for:
· “You’re a complete idiot!”
· “You’re so painfully ignorant!”
· “You’re immoral! You’re a bad person!”
· And always anticipate everyone’s favorite power play phrase, “You’re insane!”
If you want to appear like your “winning” one of these lively and mindless debates – whether in writing or in audible conversation – here’s how to do it.
Don’t make any real arguments. Just do a bunch of name calling. And always work in that your opponent’s views are “idiotic,” “ignorant,” “immoral,” and “insane” in a raged-filled rant of under 60 seconds.
You’ll totally rock at debate in the eyes of a weak-minded society addicted to snap judgments. They will make tribute videos about you, and how you “destroyed” your opponent.
And do you know what the reality of all this is? Making a snap judgment is not really stupid thinking.
It’s not thinking at all.
Snap judgments are merely emotional triggering. It’s actually being mindless and reactionary, not mindful and rational.
Labels are NOT logic.
Name-calling is NOT evidence of neural activity.
Character assassinations are NOT convincing arguments.
Let’s face it. All humans are judging machines. And we live in a day where people pretend to be pious and non-judgmental.
But what is closer to the truth is this: we all judge everybody all the time about everything. Watch T.V. or listen to the radio. You can fill up 24 hours a day on the judgments of others.
We rarely call them “judgments.” Humans sanitize and moralize this too. We call them “takes,” “views,” “positions,” “opinions,” “reviews,” or “perspectives.”
Talk shows even use these words in their names. “The View” sounds more palatable than “The Judgment.” But that’s exactly what it is. “First Take” sounds more friendly than “First Judgment.” But that’s exactly what it is.
Humans are judging machines.
Dominators in the forms of the press, politicians, preachers, etc. know that domination is directly tied to information. Telling people what to think is the foundation for control. And dominators know:
1) that the vast majority of people do not think for themselves,
2) that they are waiting for others to tell them what to think, and
3) that they will make snap judgments about what they hear.
The ruling class and the press deliberately play on the human propensity for snap judgments. They use emotional trigger words all the time to activate the stupid, snap judgments of the populace.
Listen for it.
· So and so is a "terrorist."
· So and so is a "dictator."
· So and so is "homophobic."
· So and so is “Islamophobic.”
· So and so is a "racist."
· So and so is a "bigot."
· So and so is a "radical."
· So and so is a "criminal."
· So and so is “Hitler.”
· So and so is a “Nazi.”
· So and so is a “Fascist.”
· So and so is “washed up” or “irrelevant.”
· So and so is a “loser.”
· So and so is a.... You get the idea.
You can go through every news headline or political speech and identify the emotional trigger words used to shape public opinion. None of these are arguments.
Don’t make snap judgments. When we make snap judgments, it is the #1 sign that our thinking is presently S.T.U.P.I.D.
Never forget that triggers are NOT truth. Labels are NOT logic. Name-calling is NOT evidence of neural activity. Reactionary people are NOT rational people.
The second sign of S.T.U.P.I.D. thinking.
T = Total judgments.
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