The Ability to Judge is a Good Thing
How and when did the word "judgement "come into this as being a bad thing?
Judgement is simply a word for sorting, thinking, deciding, choosing, and frankly, it's the definiton of intelligence.
It's not a bad word! It's a good thing!
Without our natural abilities of discernment we'd be like sheep, which, alas, most people are anyway.
Judging is not condemning, by the way, nor is it finding prejudice or any other indictment or imposing sentence.
The meaning of judgement is this - from dictionary.com
"Thee ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, esp. in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment.
the demonstration or exercise of such ability or capacity: The major was decorated for the judgment he showed under fire.
the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind: Our judgment as to the cause of his failure must rest o n the evidence.
So, judging is a good thing, first of all.
Secondly, that's what intelligence is! Otherwise, it's just memorization of facts created by others, ininvestigated and accdepted by rote.
Then, back to our discussion:
The facts are these - consumer habits and human overpoulation and especially the consumer habits of we who live in the U.S. are destroying the world.
There are arguments about degrees, but every respected scientist in the world agrees o n these facts.
Knowing these facts leads us to the further facts that in order to halt the erosion of life-threatening habits we need to change them.
To change them and to heal the damage, we need to do the lightest living we know how to do, which is to become vegan, to curb our over-populating, to adopt the starving kids, to adopt growing vegetables and grain and to stop grazing of cattle in order to save the planet's environmentm abd so o n.
That's not imposing a sentence o n those who choose to continue to live heavily, to over-consume and to destroy the world, since they are imposing their own sentences o n themselves and o n their descendants, if there are any, or at least o n all the others, o n all the innocent fellow beings and species and places, and o n any future generations.
That's not a judgement or opinion.
it's merely a fact.
And as for the old Biblical thing "Judgement is mine, saithe the Lord", and the Lord being the old Testament meany god, Yahweh, known for wild capriciousness fitting o nly the toddlerhood of a very naughty child, take it as this - Yahweh wanted to have the last say-so in everything, be the o nly o ne to make all the rules, as in the commandments, ergo, that phrase.
Just as with revenge and all the other spicy things pertaining to power, that old tribal god wanted to hold all the reins and the people who spoke for him, the prophets, the tribal elders and leaders, wanted to keep the power in the religiosity and to govern the people that way.
In the real world, we are blessed to have brains with the ability to think, to reason, to discern, to test, to examine, and then to run facts through our compassion, which should be the way to make sure we're doing right and not wrong.
Judging is a great thing!
Use it wisely and for the good!
Fictions and Factors to Save the World