Small Defeats or Unskillful Actions

I visited a friend recently. She is a Buddhist. As we talked, she spoke about ‘unskillful actions’. That is – mistakes we make from time to time. It seems Buddhists prefer language that is not blaming us as individuals – and more describing what we do.

I realised that ‘small defeats’ are, in fact, unskillful actions. By contrast, small victories arise from our skilled actions.

This might be a useful, alternative way to think about the safe experiments you are designing.

Our actions, when we implement a safe experiment will have consequences or results. Those results will demonstrate whether actions we used were:

skillful —————————————————————————– unskillful.

I like this idea as it still encourages me to build on skills I demonstrate. It still asks “what can I do differently ….” when I am unskillful.

In addition, however, it allows for middle-of-the-road results; mixed results.

It could help with recording results. After all, the line above, a continuum from skillful to unskillful, can be used to records complicated results. Can you try it out?

Does this make designing experiments any more easier for you?

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