As a moral touchstone “What would Jesus do?” (WWJD?) is fine and everything particularly if Jesus is your thing. But in highly specific situations its not always applicable. For example, WWJD if He came face to face with a possum in Value Village? I have no idea. And I’ve had occasion to ponder this question at length.
In many modern dilemmas I actually find “reverse touchpoints” more useful. For example:
In unfamiliar or awkward social situations I use WWMGD? (What would “Mean Girls” do?) What would Regina George do in your situation? Probably use it as opportunity to upgrade her social status by down grading someone else’s. Like with the possum in Value Village: Regina George would not let the guy with the weird pet sit at her lunch table. It therefore follows that you should be nice to him.
What about basic interior design and housekeeping? Life gets hectic. Most of us don’t have the budget for a decorator, feng shui expert, and/or a cleaning crew. So where’s the line between “Imma let that slide” and “Oh, hell, no – I am not living like that”? WWMHD? (What would meth heads do?)
You have to be a bit careful about how you apply this one because presumably meth heads would have a near omnipresent laundry pile or a sink full of dishes. But so would a lot of people who are not worthy of a reverse touch point. WWMHD? is more about something *screaming* meth head.
Is your laundry situation to the point where you’re considering hauling a black garbage bag full of your clothes to the industrial sized washer in the laundry mat, stripping out of your current filthy outfit, and wearing the garbage bag while you wait for your clothes to get washed? Are you pretty sure your pet snake got loose but you’re not too worried about it because given the amount of half eaten sandwiches and E-Z cheez residue under the couch the snake won’t get hungry enough to try to eat any family members? If the answer to either question is yes then you need to step up your domestic game, like, yesterday.
Not sure how to handle yourself at parent teacher conferences or a soccer game? WWDMD? (What would “Dance Moms” do?) How would a dance mom react to their child being in the back row at the recital? React in not-that way. WWTiTD? (What would “Toddlers in Tiaras” do?) and WWHBBMD? (What would “Honey Boo Boo”’s mom do?) also work well in these types of situations.
Added bonus: If you’re ever having a day where you feel like a horrible parent, just watch fifteen minutes of any one of these shows. Have you ever shamed your five year old into using more hairspray? Because that’s a thing some parents do, apparently. You haven’t done that? You, my friend, are an AMAZING parent.
I find reverse touch points to be particularly helpful in articulating controversial political opinions. My favorite is WWACD? (What would Ann Coulter do?) Let’s say you have an opinion you want to express but you’re not quite sure if you’ve thought your wording through sufficiently. You turn your phrasing over in your mind or read what you just typed out and think, “This sounds exactly like something Ann Coulter would say.” Stop typing. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect $200. Do not hit “post.” In fact, maybe even stop talking entirely for a while because your intellect and compassion need to catch up with your mouth.
What are some of the reverse touch points you employ?