Objectivity is a valuable asset, so valuable that even the most ardent supporters and purported practitioners often fall short of achieving it.
Recently, I chanced upon a commentary by a gentleman, who wrote about the pains of being a cyclist in our locale. In his commentary, however elegantly presented, seemed to show a bias against motorists, and in one of his subsequent replies on the thread, also commented against some pedestrians.
The reality is that roads are shared assets, and individual care and attention must be paid to the use of roads, whether the individual is a motorist, a biker, a cyclist, or a pedestrian.
No one is above the other, and no one is beneath the other. The same road laws apply to all, however one may imagine otherwise.
For example, when crossing a traffic junction, a cyclist has to dismount and walk his bicycle across the road, achieving the same pedestrian speed so that motorists are better prepared. However, all too often, I have experienced seeing some cyclists, some on rather fast competitive bicycles, race pass the road junction, endangering themselves and putting motorists and other pedestrians in jeopardy. This is not only against the traffic laws, but also lacking in sanity and basic courtesy for others. Likewise, motorists and pedestrians need to behave with decorum and equitable courtesy, and abide by local traffic laws. To reiterate, roads are shared assets, used by all.
I am not going to pretend that I am completely objective, even as a journalistic or academic practitioner. I am not going to lie. There will always be some degree of subjectivity in what I present, shaped by my personal life experiences, and moulded by some of the emotive, intellectual, or spiritual paths I have personally walked. If there is someone mortal who can boldly claim complete objectivity, I would be immediately curious to chat with this person, because this person would be incredibly rare, if at all a living, breathing person.
There is nothing wrong with the aspiration of trying to be as objective as we can in our various journeys, if objectivity is demanded and desired.
However, we must not be bigots to imagine that what we say is always objective, because it is very likely what we express, however sane we imagine, will be tainted with our own bias towards or against particular entities. We have to be extra careful in expressing such views if we can, and if possible, discuss contrarian views as gentry. Whether or not we can logically, emotively or spiritually come to terms with such contrarian views is not the most important, but it is imperative we behave with mutual respect.
Seamus Phan has 33 years of professional experience. Polymath Problem-Solver & Strategist – Leadership, Cybersecurity, Branding, Crisis, Scientist, Artist, Author, Aviation, and Theologian. Some articles are reproduced at McGallen & Bolden, where he is CTO and Head of Content. Connect on LinkedIn. ©1984-2020. All rights reserved.