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#9 did we misjudge on judgement?



" Thinking it's difficult, that's why most people judge. " - CARL JUNG


Carl Jung once wisely observed, "thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge".

This statement opens up a vortex of thought-provoking ideas around the concept of judgment.


Currently, the idea of " don't judge" seems to be floating around in the social ethos, gathering both support and misunderstanding in equal measure. However, what seems to be lost in this conversation is the essence and true meaning of judgment. We must understand that judgment, in its purest form, involves thinking deeply about our experiences and the world around us. It's an essential part of being human.


At the heart of it, there's a profound difference between judgment and criticism. To judge is to engage with an idea, a situation, or an individual, and to process our thoughts and feelings about them. It requires us to question, to analyze, and to reflect. This form of judgment is fundamentally about seeking understanding, not about passing verdicts. On the other hand, to criticize often means to find fault or to point out the shortcomings without the intent to understand. In today's parlance, THINKING IS ESSENTIAL. It’s a core facet of our identity and how we navigate the complex web of human experience.


The current cultural belief of "not to judge" has been misinterpreted to mean not to think critically about the situations and the world we inhabit. This stance can be dangerous, as it may lead to a form of willful ignorance. By choosing NOT TO ENGAGE with or JUDGE what’s happening around us, we risk becoming passive observers of our own lives. Remember, "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity" , as Martin Luther King brilliantly put it. Therefore, the act of judgment, when detached from criticism, becomes a tool for deeper understanding and connection with our surroundings.


Encouraging this shift in perception requires an unapologetic embrace of our individuality and the unique ways in which we perceive the world. It's about breaking away from societal expectations to authentically engage with our thoughts and feelings. This doesn’t mean we won't make mistakes along the way, but it's through these mistakes that we learn and grow. It's time to harness the power of our judgment to foster understanding, empathy, and personal growth. 


Thinking, and by extension judgment, is not just essential - it's transformative. It’s about actively engaging with the world rather than passively existing within it. This process requires courage, curiosity, and an unwavering commitment to navigating the complexities of life with an open mind.

In essence, the power of judgment, when harnessed correctly, is a testament to our ability to think critically and reflectively. It challenges us to be better, to push against the status quo, and to craft a life that’s as unique and intricate as the thoughts that propel us forward.


So, let's encourage each other to think more deeply, to judge wisely, and to celebrate the unique perspectives we each bring to the table. After all, it's in the richness of our collective judgments that we find the true beauty of humanity.








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