Bad decisions irritate me. I'm not talking about just my own (I surely make plenty), but more so seeing others make bad decisions. It's honestly none of my business, and I know it. But there's something about the lack of foresight and long term perspective that makes me go bonkers.
What kind of bad judgement calls unnerve me? Well, the small ones aren't so bad. I think most people know what they're getting into and have thought of the consequences when going out and getting smashed, incapacitating themselves for the next 24 hours.
Come to think of it, maybe that's the key factor: have they really thought through the ramifications, and are they conscious of the associated risks?
Two examples of bad decisions made by others immediately come to mind. Both are rather large in magnitude, thus making it more difficult to assess the cost/benefit properly.
The first is a friend who chose to go on vacation right before an exam that would potentially determine the course of his next two or three years. Why he would voluntarily choose to be less prepared for said exam than maximally possible, given the importance of the occasion, was beyond comprehension for me. He could go after the exam; if not that, then why not next year? The mountains will wait for you. This exam would not.
The second is an acquaintance who purchased a luxury vehicle on a modest salary. The amount he must pay each month is staggering. The payments will most likely be almost a year's worth of pay for him, after taxes. He is putting himself in a precarious financial situation, for what? What do you really get that is worth the five figures that you're shelling out for a high end vehicle? He's given up so much freedom, both financially and mentally, that there are "please don't fire me because I'm financially screwed" verbal slips coming out of his mouth all the time. It's this kind of lack of foresight that, for some reason, deeply bothers me.
I wonder why it is that someone else's bad decision making seems to bother me so much. Like I mentioned earlier, it truly is none of my business. Why should I care if they expose themselves to unnecessary risk?
Is it that I care about everyone's well being? Doubtful; I am no saint. Perhaps I think that bad decisions are evil, and that they should not exist, period; this seems to be a more plausible cause for my irritation, though evil is probably not the right word here.
Maybe I believe that the world should be rational, and that bad judgement has no place in such ideals. Maybe.
 To give you some perspective, another friend with a much higher salary (who also drives an entry level European luxury vehicle) pays 1/3 of what said acquaintance does per month.
Crossposted from my main blog