The rule of thumb when making an irreversible decision with long-term consequences is to take our time.
That time is necessary to look at the situation from different perspectives, consult the various stakeholders, and consider any unintended consequences that may arise from the decision.
But when we’re surprised with an emergency, a feeling of urgency takes over and overrides our ability to reason and make good decisions.
Advocates and activists can sometimes fall into the trap of being blinded by that same urgency for a cause they feel passionate about.
Being in a state of chronic urgency is a recipe for disaster. Breathe and take small consistent steps.
ht: Hans Rosling – Factfulness – #Bias #10: The Urgency Instinct