The Philosophy of Bad Decisions

The Philosophy of Bad Decisions

On hearing a particular person exquisitely utter “bad decisions”

The concept.

  A bad decision is a course of action one intends to take, which results in a bad outcome.

The existence.

  The opinion-descriptive attribute of a decision is based on its result. One can only determine whether a decision is bad or not is when one has already made it and experienced the outcome. At that point the decision has already transformed itself into implementation. Therefore, the bad decision only existed in the past, but it only comes into being at present. As soon as any judgment is cast upon it, the decision, good or bad, vanishes from this current tense of speech. In other words, a bad decision exists before it is created.

The forecast.

  The quality of a decision is not predictable. When we say “that’s a bad decision because if you do that it will lead to a catastrophe”, we apparently try to foresee the outcome of the action, not the decision itself. We judge the outcome. If the predicted outcome is bad, we theoretically assume the decision is bad. Yet, the decision has not been made and by principle there has been no result to base our judgement on, hence a bad decision has not been established.

The moral.

  What’s of the past stays in the past. So do bad decisions. One cannot know if a decision is bad until one has implemented it and at that very moment the decision ceased to exist. Thus, there’s no point in trying to evaluate a decision too meticulously at an early stage. The analysis of situations and forecast can help avoid the happening of bad decisions. However, the truth is you can’t make a bad decision before you have already made it, and when you have made it the bad decision itself has gone. So be scared of no unmade decision.


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