Marites conflates (emotional) reactions with (unreasonable) judgements

Gossiping can be such a guilty pleasure. Maybe it is a bit of crab mentality – building one’s ego by pulling others down. Maybe the enjoyment of seeing others’ misery (i.e., schadenfreude) makes us feel that we are a bit better (but we’re really not). On the surface, it’s a preferable perspective compared to admitting defeat and that we are in misery. Thus, we are prone to fall into the trap of hypocrisy.

From the perspective of critical reflection though, all of these emotions seem to be stuck at the surface level. There is no authentic insight; only an immediate emotional response towards a scandal or a misfortune of others that automatically leaps into unreasonable judgements and irresponsible conclusions. As Marites conflates emotional reactions with hasty judgements, they treat the misfortune of others as a a drug.

Social media has made it way too easy to react. But let’s not conflate reactions with reasonable judgements and evaluations. Or else, before we know it, we may be becoming hypocrites we claim to detest.


Luke 6:39-42. Remove the wooden beam

[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 252: SEPTEMBER 9, 2022]

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