Second Week of July- Judgment Stops Thought

A judgment (“He is a great lawyer,” Paris is the best city,” Pebble Beach is the best golf course”) is a conclusion, evaluating a number of previously perceived facts. Judgments in everyday thought induce temporary blindness. To illustrate if a discussion starts with a judgment statement the speaker must make all later statements consistent with the initial judgment statement. The result is that many individual aspects or facts of the concept are lost. Premature judgment prevents us from seeing what is directly in front us. To speak or write accurately it is best to keep judgments out of our mind and let our vision of individulal aspects of the person, place, or thing emerge.

S. I. and Alan Hayakawa, Language IN Thought AND Action

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