In the end, all decisions are based on someone’s judgement. There can be no other way. Ask not whether judgements will be made, but how they are influenced; the quality of information, the relevance of experience, the clarity of issues. Many factors influence judgement, for better or worse. But judgement prevails, not analysis.
Ultimately all policies are made… on the basis of judgements. There is no other way, and there never will be. The question is whether those judgements have to be made in the fog of inadequate and inaccurate data, unclear and undefined issues, and a welter of conflicting personal opinions, or whether they can be made on the basis of adequate, reliable information, relevant experience, and clearly drawn issues. In the end, analysis is but an aid to judgement… Judgement is supreme.
Alain C. Enthoven, as quoted in Business Week, Nov. 1965.
We shall have to evolve
Problem solvers galore
Since each problem they solve
Creates ten problems more! Source unknown
You must tear down the old to build the new.
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received.”