Have you ever felt the feeling of some huge feeling when you hold a basketball? What did you do before? You probably held something small for a while. Our mind judges things from what we know and how it compares, which is the reason why a basketball feels gigantic after holding a tennis ball for, like, two hours.
Using the previous example, we know that our mind uses what we know, like when we said that a tennis ball is small. Now, holding a basketball, you can feel how big it is compared to the tennis ball. It goes with other things too, like touching super cold things than having your fingers feel like they’re burning with just some warm water. Surprisingly, this happens a lot, even with people.
Say you’re with a group of judges in a try-out for a baseball team. The first player goes and hits all five balls thrown at him inside the diamond. The player is given a six. The next player misses twice and hits three inside the diamond. Now, knowing that hitting five in the diamond is a six, can you score him higher? The answer is no. You and your group of judges should probably give him a three or a four. On the flipside, if a player hits three beyond the fence and two into the outfield, then you would probably give him a range from eight to ten.
Our mind uses the first item to compare the next, and uses the first as a guideline for comparison. We use the guideline to say what is good and bad. This is why it is important to give the first person in a trial the most accurate score you can because it will be a good guide for the rest of the tryouts. If you, perhaps, are the one trying out, then go near the beginning, but not first. This allows you to get a good advantage of what is good and what is bad performance-wise, so you can adjust yourself and get ready to do even better by analyzing the mistakes that the people before you made.
Although in your language arts class you have to write exhaustingly long essays about comparing characters and judging their ethics, our mind judges in a very special way. It differs from many different creatures and is unique.