Accurately Assessing a Situation

February 28, 2019 pwm1

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.

—Tacitus (photo by Pe-Jo; Public Domain)

Decisiveness is a positive and noble attribute, but too often rashness and a quickness to judge is incorrectly placed under the rubric of this virtue. Consider the people, situations, and circumstances we have misjudged in the past, only to find the truth after time and upon further inspection.

Some judge so quickly, refusing to consider or accept new information, that they become cold and brittle in their thinking. A strong mind is one with a core set of values, and one that is not afraid to evaluate new information and change course as needed.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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