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Litter Anthropologist
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Litter Anthropologist
Litter Anthropologist
Skylight • 03:08

The example of finding trash on the ground shows how encouraging a shift from judgment to curiosity can significantly affect how we interact with the outer environment. It's probable that our initial reaction when we notice litter is to judge whoever left it there. However, by choosing curiosity over judgment on purpose, we enable ourselves to have a more complete understanding of the situation.

We can start to recognize that there might be underlying issues affecting someone's behavior by pausing to think about the reasons behind their action of leaving litter. Perhaps they were in a hurry, had few options for disposing of the waste, or encountered other issues that we are not aware of. This shift in viewpoint helps us to empathize with them.

Choosing curiosity above judgment allows us to explore the subtleties of human behavior and to promote connection and compassion. It prompts us to consider alternate perspectives and acknowledge that there might be more going on than what appears. By adopting this viewpoint, we can promote peace and a greater awareness of other people's individual perspectives.


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Let's take a walk. You can take a walk in your imagination, or if you're outside, stroll around a bit. Enjoy the air, the sounds, and the feeling of moving around. Imagine that as you walk, you see a piece of litter on the ground. Picture that litter. What is it? Now picture the person responsible for leaving this litter. Imagine them letting it fall to the ground. It's natural to want to judge someone who does this, but let's try something different. Let's imagine why the person needed that thing. What might have been happening in their day that caused them to need it? And now ask, "Why did they leave it on the ground? Why didn't they throw it away?" Open your heart to this imagined person. What do you feel? Remember today. Curiosity is the antidote to judgment.

Watching Now
Litter Anthropologist
Litter Anthropologist
Skylight • 03:08

The example of finding trash on the ground shows how encouraging a shift from judgment to curiosity can significantly affect how we interact with the outer environment. It's probable that our initial reaction when we notice litter is to judge whoever left it there. However, by choosing curiosity over judgment on purpose, we enable ourselves to have a more complete understanding of the situation.

We can start to recognize that there might be underlying issues affecting someone's behavior by pausing to think about the reasons behind their action of leaving litter. Perhaps they were in a hurry, had few options for disposing of the waste, or encountered other issues that we are not aware of. This shift in viewpoint helps us to empathize with them.

Choosing curiosity above judgment allows us to explore the subtleties of human behavior and to promote connection and compassion. It prompts us to consider alternate perspectives and acknowledge that there might be more going on than what appears. By adopting this viewpoint, we can promote peace and a greater awareness of other people's individual perspectives.


View Transcript
Let's take a walk. You can take a walk in your imagination, or if you're outside, stroll around a bit. Enjoy the air, the sounds, and the feeling of moving around. Imagine that as you walk, you see a piece of litter on the ground. Picture that litter. What is it? Now picture the person responsible for leaving this litter. Imagine them letting it fall to the ground. It's natural to want to judge someone who does this, but let's try something different. Let's imagine why the person needed that thing. What might have been happening in their day that caused them to need it? And now ask, "Why did they leave it on the ground? Why didn't they throw it away?" Open your heart to this imagined person. What do you feel? Remember today. Curiosity is the antidote to judgment.


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