If I cannot assess the consequences of a decision

We have previously represented awareness with the model of a white sphere around our body. The greater the awareness of a person the greater the diameter of this awareness sphere. With this model we are responsible for all the consequences of our decisions, which take place within our awareness sphere. The light of our awareness is very bright here so that within this sphere we can see or perceive the consequences of our decisions.

 

It is therefore possible to come up with the idea that very far-reaching decisions should be made by people with low awareness, since such people would therefore apparently not be responsible for the consequences. This would not however make sense for several reasons:

1. He who cannot assess the consequences of his decisions, will sooner or later harm the general public.

2. He who delegates a task to someone with too low a level of awareness, is personally responsible for this action and its consequences.

3. He who cannot even assess the immediate consequences of a decision, does perceive this with his sound common sense. The person with low awareness perceives that he is groping in the darkness.

We should consider the third point a little closer. We can assume that someone perceives that he cannot assess the immediate consequences of a decision. If I walk through the darkness at night, I very quickly notice that I can’t see anything. If someone jumps off a projecting rock without knowing whether the ground is 1 m or 100 m below him, he is certainly aware of the risk. A car driver who, in spite of a completely misted-up windscreen, can continue to drive «blind» can hardly claim that he hasn’t noticed it. In other words: If we cannot perceive the immediate consequences of our actions as a rule we soon notice this.

He who dares to jump off the rock or like the car driver dares to drive without being able to see is naturally responsible for this behaviour and its consequences. It is just the same for the following of the basic rights of existence: Whoever makes a decision the direct consequences of which he cannot assess, is fully responsible for those direct consequences. The direct consequences are indeed normally those for which we have directly striven in making our decision. They were the objective of our decision and were what we wanted to achieve with our decision. It will therefore be immediately obvious to someone if he himself cannot assess the direct consequences of his decision.

These direct consequences can also be found outside our awareness sphere. We are therefore however still responsible, because - as illustrated with the above examples – we ourselves will be able to perceive that we cannot assess the consequences.