What you could be
This could be you. You could be known as a good friend, a well-liked colleague, a devoted husband and a loving father and still this could be you. Remember that, next time you feel like flaming someone for their stupidity or their evilness. They may be just like you, only less lucky.
Inspired by Daniel Dennetts account of the same incident in his book Freedom Evolves
Het got so disctracted the second he parked his car, he just forgot about the child.
And the truth is, this could happen to almost everyone, whe all have moments that we just dont pay attention to everything that happes arounds us.
Sad, but true.
Wat een totaal zieke reactie. Het zal jou maar overkomen, al wens ik je dat niet toe. Respect bestaat blijkbaar echt niet meer. En begin niet over humor, want jouw reactie bevat totaal geen humor!
Chill! Ik moest er om lachen. Ik kan nog wel wat ziekere humor verzinnen (BBQ, geen Chinees meer halen voor het avondeten, vast lekker met zongedroogde tomaten). Maar neem toch niet alles zo serieus, humor is een manier om met dingen om te gaan, en dan kan een grap best.
@Holoris: I don't think the existance of free will is relevant here. The implicit point is that I could imagine this happening to myself.
@Giant87: These blogs are indexed by Google. I'm not writing for a Dutch audience, but for as wide an audience as I can possible reach. I used the same descriptive phrases as used by Daniel Dennett and although my skill at building correct English sentences is far from his, I doubt there is anything 'vague' about it. (Of course, everyone is welcome to point out deficiencies in my English language skill. But please keep them out of these comments and mail them to <my nickname>@tweakers.net)
@g3unes: There is a long history of people forgetting about their children, without these people being known as 'irresponsible'. They are usually known as decent people and no one would have predicted this would happen to them. Yet it happens. You may not believe it, but what you *believe* really isn't worth very much in the face of these raw facts, that tell you that it could in fact happen to ordinary people like yourself.
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Basically, what it boils down to, is that people always underestimate situational influences on others' behavior, while they tend to (over-)emphasize the influence of such influences on their own behavior.
So when someone leaves his kid to die in a car, he must be a really bad / dumb / evil / etc person, while if I were to do such a thing I was a good person but in a realy bad / hasty / etc situation.
It has been suggested that the bias helps you keep a more positive self-image.
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