Judge too quickly! II.

game

2015, Tallinn

Is this person coming from the city or from the contriside?
Does this person have a university degree?
Would you trust this person? Would you leave your children with him/her?
Does this person prefer beer or wine?
Does this person have a clean flat?

The Judge too quickly! II. is the live version of the board game (Judge too quickly I.). They deal primarly with moral questions. Judging at first gance or judging too quickly are considered as wrong behavior. The game forces us to behave like that, and usually we’re able to.

Since the players are not allowed to ask about appearance, they are forced to guess a character’s personality, background, preferences, habits or reactions. The weird thing is that most of the time the players can guess any person by questions like the ones above.

Does it mean stereotypes have any connection to reality? Or they have nothing to do with reality, they are more common preconceptions, existing mentally and influencing the judgements of the players the same way? From where are all these common experiences coming from? It is known that stereotyping makes species more adaptive. Are they evolutionary remnants? Or more the product of our present mass-culture?

Regardless of  our answers or any judgement on the issues of stereotyping, we should raise awareness of these mechanisms. They might have some connection with the problems of our present, loneliness and isolation instead of collaboration, separation instead of relation, cruelty instead of empathy, discrimination instead of tolerance.