“We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.”– Malcolm Gladwell, BLINK
The month of June, like all of 2020 could not end soon enough. With the murder of George Floyd in May, June was a month that seemed like nothing but fuel was added to the fire. Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking briefly touches on how decisions are made ‘in the blink of an eye.’
Sadly, not all decisions, whether they are made quickly or slowly turn out to be good decision, and some often are downright horrible decisions. In the case of George Floyd, many things went wrong for a very long time period of time that lead to his death. Gladwell touches on police brutality and murder briefly in the book, using the case of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man who was shot a killed after New York City police officers shot him 41 times just outside his home.
Like most Gladwell books they are easy to read and touch on many different cases to illustrate his message. Overall, it’s interesting to think about how decisions are made, the prejudice or bias contained even on a sub-conscious level, and then to relate this back to ourselves so that we may better understand how we formulate our own decisions. If you haven’t yet read from Gladwell this makes a great introduction, while if you have, then this one is worth reading, especially in a time like this.