To underestimate is to miscalculate and misjudge. To do so is a grievous error that will cost you dearly. What are you miscalculating?
The Tendency to Misjudge
Making a habit of measuring twice before you cut is an adage that holds today. In carpentry, you always measure it again. It saves you from making the wrong cut. Similarly, don’t be pressured into making a quick decision when it isn’t necessary, it nearly always is a costly mistake. Of course, the used car salesman doesn’t want you to think about it. That’s why “the deal” is only good today.
You can solve this dilemma by being mindful. Measuring is a tangible way to put this principle into action. The main issue is with things that are intangible or difficult to measure and quantify.
Underestimation and Misjudgment
Underestimating and miscalculation are the primary causes of failure. It’s the tendency to misjudge things. You should always measure at least twice and cut once. If we only look at the superficial or face value of things, it is easy to miscalculate. (1)
Overconfidence is another way we fool ourselves and fail to recognize our opponent’s strength and resources. Miscalculating the opposition or opponent is one of the easiest ways to lose a fight. We’ve compiled a list of the things we tend to miscalculate and underestimate. It isn’t a comprehensive list, but one that should give you food for thought.
Being rushed causes us to miscalculate, which leads to errors. Unfortunately, our modern culture runs on a time clock, and there are deadlines for almost everything. The company we work for defines our value based on our return on investment each hour worked. People are like paperclips, tools, and assets to be used or used up.
But, when we rush to get things done, this causes problems. Our worth as an employee is calculated in terms of our productivity by most employers. And the performance bar is always moving higher.
When we don’t produce fast enough, it must be our fault. We end up blaming ourselves; we underestimate our self-worth because we learn to measure it against what we do instead of who we are. We learn to think and value in terms of something that can be bought and sold. We ingrain the tendency to misjudge things by their monetary value to the culture.
“We underestimate ourselves, we do not believe in our strength, abilities, and talents and we have a distorted vision of ourselves.” ― Sunday Adelaja
The antidote for this kind of miscalculation is to focus on self-compassion and self-care. There are tools to help you become more aware of your actual value. It would be best if you kept from bolstering the Ego. The culture uses our instincts to control. The things to avoid are manipulation techniques dealing with self-esteem and emotional intelligence. These are the rebranding of psychological manipulation techniques.
Four The Things We Misjudge and underestimate
1) Never Underestimate the power of a small ―
A lot of things are small but have a considerable impact on our lives. Because they are small, they seem insignificant. It’s easy to overlook something. For instance, a wood splinter may be small, but it creates an undeniable pain response.
The most common thing to overlook is ourselves. The modern culture is brutal for most people. It’s part of its design. It creates problems like low self-image so that it can sell us the antidote. Most of the products we buy don’t fill the need, but that’s part of the design. Don’t devalue yourself. Never underestimate the power of a small change.
The cultural narrative wants us to believe we have no power to change things. But this isn’t entirely true. Thankfully, there are great examples of how one individual can affect significant positive change—Russell Brand, Greta Thunberg, and the Dalai Lama, to name a few.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ― The Dalai Lama
“Never underestimate the power of a small, dedicated group of people to change the world; indeed, that is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
Your thoughts create a chain reaction. It’s common to ask what comes first, is it the idea or a desire? Ah, but a desire is a thought. Desire is emotion in action, so the trick is to know which passions are healthy and which are not. Desire fuels your intention, so we need to be careful with what desires occupy our minds.
Many religions the philosophies use the seed as an analogy for thoughts and desires.
2) Never Underestimate the power of a seed
A lot of things are seeds. Our desires and thoughts are seeds that lead to actions. Our actions are seeds of things that produce either good or bad results. Just like our previous discussion on small things, seeds are easy to overlook. Our tendency to misjudge the seed allows corruption to enter and fester things like governments.
When we stop and think about it, then becomes clear that these capsules contain potential. They are pretty impressive. What is it within the seed that tells it when to grow? How does it know what to produce?
Rupert Sheldrake calls the intelligence behind these kinds of processes Morphic Resonance. It is the unifying field that governs the intelligent structuring of life. Never underestimate the power of a seed.
Seeds contain either directly or indirectly the connection with this universal organizing force. Somehow, the seedling knows when to sprout. It is no small thing to understand when you are planted in the correct soil to enable growth.
This level of knowledge is something many people wish they possessed. It isn’t easy to know where we should put down roots and the right time to grow.
“Never underestimate the power of a seed.” ― Georgianna Louise.
Addictions often begin with a small taste of something. But, once planted, it takes root and begins to take control. Avoiding these things in the first place is the best option. However, this isn’t always easy. Too many things are temptations which addictions in disguise and we all fall prey to some things we know are habit-forming.
On the positive side, many positive things plant good seeds in our lives. Self-care, meditation, reading, exercise, healthy diet are all excellent seeds.
Another great power we should never miscalculate is the power of organized religion.
3) Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups
In all likelihood, the people in these groups aren’t stupid. It’s more likely they suffer from a significant amount of self-hypnosis and group hypnosis programming. Intelligence is no match for groupthink manipulation. The basis of their worldview hinges on the tendency to misjudge mythology for facts and superstition for evidence.
“Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is a blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies, etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission.” ― Robert Anton Wilson
But what system is Mr. Wilson referring to that creates such massive roadblocks of common sense? Why it is Western organized religion to which he is referring.
“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?” ― Mark Twain
It is the need to belong that drives the need to believe. It is these insecurities which Western faith capitalizes upon to recruit and retain its membership. Never underestimate the power of a small thing, like faith and belief.
Western organized religions are the Semitic faiths of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These are not new creations, but a rebranding of Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian mystery religions. However, Christianity differentiates from these others by focusing on the dying-god sects found in the Mediterranean Region. And, they are proven leaders of all the moneymaking cults. Heck, they have the world’s wealthiest city/state, the Vatican. This area of the world was the first to be rebranded into the Universal religion. Along with the mythologies and superstitions, it also got the powerful brainwashing techniques that make it the world’s wealthiest cult.
“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” ― George Carlin
Scholars miscalculated the power of knowledge and logic. In the 1800s, many researchers, like Kersey Graves (2), published books exposing Western religion. He, like many others, believed bringing this knowledge to the public would be the end of Western Organized Religion. But he, like many other scientists, underestimated the power of religious indoctrination. Religious indoctrination overcomes facts. And intelligence is also no match for the powerful brainwashing techniques they employ. The best antidote is to avoid any brainwashing situations altogether.
4 ) Make your enemies underestimate
You want your enemies to underestimate your skills and strengths. It will give you the edge.
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte
Deception is the point! Any fool can calculate strength. That one has been doing it since we arrived. Now he has to calculate what he can’t see. ― Herger The Joyous, The movie, The 13th Warrior
The error of miscalculation is easy to do and often results from underestimating. So, the best advice is to think twice before you decide on any major course of action. Don’t miscalculate the power of women, their ideas, and their actions often fuel progressive and positive changes.
(1) The Revised Psychology of Human Misjudgment, by Charlie Munger: https://fs.blog/great-talks/psychology-human-misjudgment/
(2) Kersey Graves, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors 1881: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World%27s_Sixteen_Crucified_Saviors