“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Hell of a thing to have to experience, hell of a thing to have to see, to be reminded you’re a human being and all it meant to be one.”
Projecting may be the easiest thing we do every day.
We see, we think about what we see through our own eyes … and project a belief.
We hear, we filter the words through our own experiences and how we felt about those experiences … and project a belief.
Projecting, in general, is easier for us and certainly creates some efficiency.
It doesn’t guarantee really accuracy … but it offers us all those gosh darn time benefits so … aw … what the hell … who cares if we are right or accurate? … we saved time.
The biggest issue with regard to projecting is most likely the fact most of us confuse ‘informing’ <the information a person actually provides us> and ‘judging’ which is more about responding by how we are affected by that information.
In other words.
We ignore most of the information we actually receive <or it gets blocked by our existing perceptions and beliefs> and just end up judging based on the few things we let thru to inform us which we then ‘bolt on’ to all the shit we already “know.”
99% of us … shit … 99% of the people reading this … will say “oh, not me … but I see people do it all the time.” Uhm. But we all do it.
It’s pretty easy to do it in a world where we seemingly know so much information which inevitably builds a sense of ‘personal wisdom’ which encourages us to actually believe it is never us who is projecting <just ‘other people’>.
Suffice it to say projection, which is a foundational element that all of us utilize, is one of the most difficult habits/actions to break.
Since projection is a natural instinct we tend to see it as a natural defense mechanism for who and what we are as individuals as well as feeds our ego <even if we are actually wrong>.
Why do I say this?
When we are projecting, we actually believe that what we are seeing as ‘truth’ … in our beliefs as well as about another person.
This implies in some way we are better than they are and certainly different and incapable of their worst and aligned with their best.
We think we know what other people are thinking.
In some cases this means that we assume that they know what we know, in other cases we assume they are thinking about us as much as we are thinking about ourselves. It’s basically just a case of us modeling their own mind after our own (or in some cases after a much less complicated mind than our own).
Phrases associated with this:
Curse of knowledge, Illusion of transparency, Spotlight effect, Illusion of external agency, Illusion of asymmetric insight, Extrinsic incentive error
We project our current mindset and assumptions onto the past and future.
Magnified also by the fact that we’re not very good at imagining how quickly or slowly things will happen or change over time.
Phrases associated with this:
: Hindsight bias, Outcome bias, Moral luck, Declinism, Telescoping effect, Rosy retrospection, Impact bias, Pessimism bias, Planning fallacy, Time-saving bias, Pro-innovation bias, Projection bias, Restraint bias, Self-consistency bias
Maybe it is the last thing I just wrote “incapable of their worst and aligned with their best” that made me decide to discuss projecting.
The American presidential election is getting incredibly skewed by our projecting.
Because he is a famous brand and self-proclaimed billionaire people project their beliefs that he knows enough shit to run a company and manage decisions with regard to the economy.
But what truly concerns me is the second.
I have written in the past that ‘lack of trustworthiness’ scores didn’t really matter in this election.
I am wrong about the lack of concern, or a belief that it was truly unimportant, with regard to her trustworthiness numbers. I believed that … what the heck … no one trusts any expert any more … so pretty much everyone would simply judge her off of competence and real information <not speculation>.
I was wrong.
What has happened is that this odd smokescreen of ‘lack of trust’ has created such a strong filter that even her good ideas, well designed policies & programs and the real truth she says about governing the country is all being ignored.
But, here is what I know about projecting, it can be changed. You just have to shake the etch a sketch hard enough to clear the filters and redraw some aspects.
So here is what I believe Hillary Clinton should do <and Trump could do something similar but my suggestion is so far out of his DNA I didn’t even think about offering the thought for him>.
I would have Hillary Clinton do a “judge me” speech <this is not an actual speech just one I drafted out>.
“Today I want to ask all Americans to do one thing – judge me.
I see the same poor honest & trustworthy numbers everyone else sees every day. I hear ‘crooked Hillary’ and ‘liar’ every day. I cannot lie … it stings. It stings because I know I wake up every day with the objective & intent to bring out the best of America and give everyone a chance to be and do their best. And I do know I will continue to wake up every day and try and show you I mean this. I will wake up every day and try to show you that you can trust me to make the important decisions for America as commander in chief and president. I will wake up every day and show you I do my best with the best intentions for America and the American people.
All I can ask is that you judge me. And judge me harshly and fairly. But, in the end, I ask you to just judge me.
Judge me as a person for my mistakes & regrets.
- My state department personal server. I made a mistake and I regret it. And if I could go back in time and do it all over again I would have simply conducted all of the 70,000 personal emails on the state department classified server which handed the 550,000 classified emails I sent and received on that server <I made up those numbers but someone has them and everyone will get the point that her personal was one semi-classified email and the 99.9999999999% classified were handled on separate server>.
- Benghazi. I regret the loss of my good friend Chris Stephens and the three other Americans and if I could go back in time and find something that could have been done I would do it.
- Super Predators. If I could go back to the day I said super predators and change those words I would. I regret saying them. I should be better than that and you should expect me to be better than that.
Judge me as a person for my better moments.
- the U.N. women’s speech <”women’s rights are human rights”>
- My 9/11 response for firefighters and first responders
- Maybe something from Secretary of State years? … but not Iran deal and don’t pick Libya.
And, lastly, judge me as your possible president on the real things, the real policies & programs that I have in mind to have us make America stronger together.
My site has over 38 programs including climate change, criminal reform, childcare support & minimum wage increase as well as a 1st 100 day plan but here are the three I would have you take note of:
- A jobs/ economy one – how it positively affects minorities, middle white America, and working mothers …
- The vets mental health program … how it addresses real veteran issues
- I personally would offer a ‘right sized government’ initiative <cut spending waste> but I imagine I would be happy with something that addresses debt/deficit/budgeting.
I ask you to judge me. Judge me harshly and fairly.
I am not perfect. I have regrets and I will continue to apologize, as I have done in the past, when my best is not good enough. And when I do my best I will wake up the next day and try to do even better.
I believe America is at its best when we work together, when we do our best, and even when our best doesn’t work out, we get back up and try and do better the next day.
Back in 1979 I said this when being asked how I felt about not being traditional …. “I think that each person should be assessed and judged on that person’s own merits. I’m not 40 but that hopefully will be cured by age, eventually I will be.”
I am 68 now.
So, go ahead, I ask you to judge me. Assess and judge on my merits and imperfections.
I am running to be the president and commander in chief for the greatest country in the world.”
<or something like that>
I am certainly not asking anyone to trust Hillary or vote for Hillary. All I ask is that we judge her fairly.
I sometimes think about something that Clinton, who earned a doctor of law degree from Yale, was the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation, and was the first female partner at Rose Law Firm, the third oldest law firm in the US said in 1979:
“I think that each person should be assessed and judged on that person’s own merits. I’m not 40 but that hopefully will be cured by age, eventually I will be. <while I don’t fit the traditional image> …. that doesn’t bother me, and I hope that it doesn’t bother very many people. I think in a way it’s kind of a tribute to the state that someone who may or may not fit an image is accepted on her own terms.”
And to do that we need to accept most of us ‘project.’
And while I truly wish we all got better at managing our ‘projecting instincts in day to day life’ <mostly because I think it eliminates some opportunities to hear some really good stuff from some really good unlikely people> … today … and in this time & place … we are choosing a president. Therefore if someone is to actually try and affect their existing ‘projecting behavior’ I would encourage you to do so with the presidential candidates.
This is a big decision and we should … well … judge fairly and as wisely as we can.