Definition: avoiding judgments based on one’s personal or especially moral standards
• In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay. — Charles Edwin Carruthers (1866-1930) American professor of political economy
• We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have done. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) American Poet
Reflection: Judgment is essential to survival. But there are variations of judgment. A person who demands an empirical proof for all reality is closing down reason. Did ultraviolet and infrared exist before the instruments were available to detect them? If one must have proof, they are doomed to wait until someone else with the foresight to look beyond the norm focuses the lens for them to see.
A person who insists their version of reality is the only one, and demands others step into their mold, is closing the door to the possibilities and truths other realities offer.
• Judgment from others is almost always resented (even if correct) unless you completely trust them and give them permission to judge you.
• Another person or society can only be judged justly using their own set of rules and moral standards. Conversely, if you judge yourself by their standards, you reduce the value of your experience.
• Use your judgment to protect yourself from dangers.
• Open your heart to judge yourself with penetrating honesty and tender mercy.
Symbols: 1) nothingness; 2) the void [not the absence of life but the absence of conflict]