We live in a world where we are over loaded with information which flows into us, at the same time, we are starved of the information which one can actually put into use. Both the statements are antipodes and yet emanate from same source, and I say both the statements in the same breath.

In the modern world, work dynamics are such that we need to work and make decisions in partial, at times near complete and on occasions in complete darkness. Though we might feel we have thrown enough light on the subject at hand, the contrary is almost always true.

The interpretation of information which flows into a decision maker is impacted by time, space, culture, personal interest and perception of both, the giver of information and the decision maker. A trainer once did an activity with a training batch where I too was a participant. Everyone was asked to close eyes and have a sheet of paper in hand. The group had to fold and tear off the paper as per the instructions of the trainer, asking no questions. After 10-12 instructions trainer asked us to open eyes and see if any two of us had same design on paper. None had, we had folded and torn paper under same instructions. Same information did flow into us yet was interpreted differently by all.

The separation by time, space, personal interest and perception gives birth to bias. As a result we infer what we want to, we communicate what suits us. Icing on the cake is successful application of Gobbles law, perception of existence of what does not exist can be created by its artful application.

Furthermore, statistics is such an artful science that the same set of information can be used to infer diametrically opposite results. Just go through my previous article where I drive a point by saying 137000 deaths happened in road accidents in India. Further deep dive into this information can prove the roads are safe. One can break-up information into the number of pedestrians killed and number of cyclists killed and number of people killed in cars in those accidents. Another aspect can be 50%, may be, were on wrong side of road, others died between 8 am to 10 am and most died in extreme right and left lanes, and thus, its safest to drive in the middle lane in a car and not between 8 am and 10 am. Can one put this information to use? None I suppose. But it makes an impressive newspaper headline ‘Indian roads are safest- Drive in the middle lane’.

The only insurance against above pitfalls is ‘conscious ignorance’. One needs to make a conscious choice on how much information is enough. One needs to choose ignorance deliberately, else the ocean of information will drown you to nowhere and you will end up like an old man in the sea.

Its your choice to go with the rhythm of life, listen to your intuition from deep within heart and choose to be ignorant or to be factual. Being factual might be an obsession but it kills creativity, delays decision making and dissuades risk taking and that’s not desirable.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beauty Along the Road
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 18:53:16

    Thank you, too, Sharat, for visiting and following Beauty Along the Road.


  2. Sharat Pathak
    Feb 18, 2016 @ 08:58:46

    ur words encourage me! thank you for appreciation.


  3. Kally
    Feb 17, 2016 @ 20:23:57

    Thank you for following me and I love how creative you are and the wonderful posts. I’ll be back to read more of it!!


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