Order of operations

Most people pour their cereal first and follow it with milk. When crossing the street: we check our left, then right, and left again. Painting tape goes up first, not second.

There is an order of operations in doing things.

But just because everyone is doing it a certain way, doesn’t make it right.

Some doctors in China only get paid when you are healthy—you don’t pay anything when you are sick. In India, driving on the left side of the road is standard operating procedure. 150 years ago, it was unusual to wash your hands before surgery. 80 years ago, doctors were prescribing cigarettes to their patience because we thought smoking was good for you.

It’s easy to get stuck in the way we do things. But don’t be so closed-minded. Maybe it’s weird. Or maybe it’s just different.