What tells you that someone is inconsiderate


ruthlessness - What is it? How do I handle this? Recklessness describes a consistent approach that ignores the feelings, needs and abilities of others. Recklessness can be selfish behavior in which you only care about yourself, about what you want yourself. But you can also practice ruthlessness for the good of a good cause. Sometimes it may take a great deal of consistency, a ruthlessness, to get a good cause forward.

In democratic societies, a ruthless approach is rather rare: one tries to do justice to all sides, to take different interests and concerns into account. This often results in compromises, including lazy compromises. But mostly something better comes out than recklessness. Under National Socialism, the ruthlessness of a procedure was particularly heroized, hyped up as heroic. What came out of it is known. Sometimes people in democracies envy that what is good and right can be enforced in authoritarian regimes with greater ruthlessness. Most of the time, however, you find that authoritarian regimes are more ruthless - but the good, the right thing just doesn't come out. Sometimes a certain ruthlessness may be appropriate. In the majority of cases, a balance of interests, love and compassion, cooperation and togetherness is the better course of action.

Recklessness - Thoughts on a not-so-simple subject

Transcript of a lecture by Sukadev Bretz in 2016

Recklessness as an interesting principle of thought

Recklessness has many aspects. On the one hand, you could say that consideration comes from 'sight' - you see or you look back. In this sense, ruthlessness could mean that you don't think back so much. One no longer thinks or ponders about the past.

Sometimes you have to leave the past behind. Sometimes you no longer have to take into account a lot of what you previously considered. A certain recklessness can also mean doing what is appropriate at this moment. Sometimes it is important to let the past rest. And just to say to yourself, "I'm starting all over again and thus showing a certain ruthlessness. And suppose I could leave all my promises and all my previous statements and actions aside. Then I could now think completely ruthlessly what is right. "

Sometimes it helps to think like that. It's like clear thinking. This kind of reckless thinking is something that is always good. BUT: After this reckless thinking one should of course not act immediately. Rather, one should consider what would be objectively right now if one had not committed to anything. And assuming there weren't any others whose concerns needed to be considered, then I would do this and that.

However, I do not live in a world without others. Therefore, one can consider that others are also involved. Or how would I do it, given that I've discussed a few things. How can I take that into account. Given that my behavior also influences many others, how would I do it then? And so, out of the initially inconsiderate thinking with great consideration, you may come to big decisions.

Recklessness as a necessity

Another aspect of recklessness can also be that there are sometimes emergency situations or, for example, everyone's life is in danger. Fortunately, you are more likely not to get into such a situation. But in this extreme human situation one would have to weigh up what is most correct. In this particular situation it can then be that one does not have to take certain things into account and it requires a certain ruthlessness.

Or sometimes there are certain important principles, so that the non-profit association or an initiative is preserved, you have to keep your goals and concerns in mind and then you cannot take each individual into consideration. A certain ruthlessness can be quite helpful in this case.

Even if a certain recklessness is appropriate or helpful in some cases, in the majority of cases one should learn to take other people's concerns into account. If you do not take the others into account, then they can cause problems afterwards, because their concerns are also important.

One can consider: Who is involved? What concerns does it concern? Which 'stakeholders' are there? Who is influenced by what I do? Who is the one who also has something to say? In the majority of cases it is better to ask the others about their concerns, opinions and needs and to consider or involve them accordingly or as far as possible. If in doubt, you can vote on it or see who is important to whom? And how can you then include the other's most important things or make compromises?

You can now think for yourself about when there were situations in your life where you should perhaps have considered others better? When were there situations where you could perhaps have implemented something more vehemently, which would obviously have been the right thing and you would not have taken other people into consideration for too long?

That was some food for thought and reflection on the subject of ruthlessness. In the field of ethics one has to weigh up the polarities again and again. There is no such thing as absolutely right or wrong. You always have to make new decisions - to the best of your knowledge and belief.

Dealing with the ruthlessness of others

Maybe there is someone around you who you find inconsiderate. Suppose he shows little consideration for you. Then just learn to be strong. It can be of help that there is someone around you who is inconsiderate. This can help you develop inner strength. On the other hand, if you see someone who is inconsiderate to the weaker, then you can consider, maybe it is your job to say something there.

Sometimes it is good to intervene and say - maybe in a one-on-one conversation - you, could I tell you something briefly? The way you deal with people right now, I don't find that very sensitive and empathetic. Man suffers from it. Maybe there is a way that you could be a little more considerate. So, become strong yourself and develop your backbone and sovereignty. Don't let recklessness throw you off balance. But see if you might have to support others.

Recklessness in relation to other personality traits

Recklessness belongs to the group of personality traits, downsides, vices and virtues. To better understand this character trait, let's relate it to others:

In love and openness, ruthlessness gets its right place

Synonyms recklessness - similar characteristics

Synonyms recklessness are for example Mercilessness, heartlessness, selfishness, lack of concern, clarity, accuracy, clarity, determination .

The synonyms can be divided into two groups, those with a positive connotation and those with a negative connotation:

Synonyms with negative connotation

Synonyms that are commonly interpreted as negative are, for example

Synonyms with positive connotation

Synonyms with a positive connation can help to see an apparently dark side positively. Synonyms with positive connotation are for example

Antonyms recklessness - opposites

Antonyms are opposites. Antonyms, i.e. opposites, of ruthlessness are for example Consideration, care, tenderness, pampering, softening, . You can also divide the antonyms, the opposites, into those with a positive connotation and those with a negative connotation.

Antonyms with positive connotation

Antonyms, i.e. opposites, to a vice, a shadowy side, a negative personality trait, are commonly interpreted as an opposite pole. These can be cultivated in order to overcome the vice, the dark side. So here are some opposing poles to recklessness that have a positive connotation:

Antonyms with negative connotation

The opposite of a shadowy side, a vice, is not always positive. Here are a few examples of antonyms about recklessness that are not seen as beneficial:

Properties in the alphabet before or after

Here are some traits that come before or after recklessness in the alphabet:

Property group

Recklessness can be counted under the following two groups of characteristics:

Related words

Related words to recklessness include the adjective reckless and the noun reckless.

Whoever has recklessness is reckless or a reckless person.

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