Hindsight is 20/20
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THE ABOVE expression brings out it is easier to see and understand something that has already taken place than before it does. It is also phrased as: “Hindsight is better than foresight.” Often those who watch a sports game such as football on Sunday will second guess on Monday some of the decisions a coach made the day before. Such individuals are called: “Monday morning quarterbacks.” When at the time of the game if they had been in charge would probably have made the same decision the coach made.

After an anticipated event has taken place it is more obvious as to whether the right decision was made before hand, or if a different one should have been made. In retrospect we may have opportunity to look back unto to event after it has taken place. In doing so we can rationalize as to its value under the circumstances.

IT IS EASIER to know what should have been done afterward than to guess what should be done in the future. The allusion to 20/20 has references to being able to see normally or possessing perfect vision. Eye doctors, professional called: Ophthalmologists, score a person’s ability to see by using 20/20 as perfect vision. Higher numbers such as 200/20 indicates a person needs eye glasses in order to see properly, especially to read.

Sometimes an individual will use such expressions as: “Hindsight is 20/20,” or “Hindsight is better than foresight” in derision of another who has criticized them for a decision they made.

Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)

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