No one is really after you

Generally speaking we should not attribute to malice that which is more easily explained by stupidity. This mental model is commonly referred to as Hanlon’s Razor. In a complex world, using this model helps us avoid paranoia and ideology. By not generally assuming that bad results are the fault of a bad actor, we look for options instead of missing opportunities. 

So if someone posts something silly about you on social media, simply ignore and assume that the person is ill informed. More often than not people are not actively trying to hurt you. If someone cuts you off in traffic, empathize with the person and assume that they are rushing to the hospital. Stop blaming the devil and evil spirits for your bad luck. The devil has better things to do than make you unhappy. Most likely it is your very actions which are causing the results you are experiencing.

This model reminds us that people do make mistakes. It demands that we ask if there is another reasonable explanation for the events that have occurred. The explanation most likely to be right is the one that contains the least amount of intent.

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