“Judge not, that ye shall not be judged.”
So says the Bible. For the longest time I couldn’t really work out what the problem was with judgement. I couldn’t see what the difference was between judgement and opinion. We’ve all got a right to hold our opinions, so I thought maybe a judgement was merely a particularly strong opinion, perhaps with some moral component attached to it.
Recently though, as a result of (I think…) my practice, the problem with judgement has really clicked into place for me.
Judgement is based, like so much else, on an illusion. When we judge, we look at a situation or an action done by someone other than ourselves and we tell ourselves, “I wouldn’t have done that. If I’d been in that situation I would have behaved differently. I would have behaved better.”
The world and our minds are full of this kind of thinking. Judgement fuels many of the decisions we take and is at the basis of many of the things we think we know about ourselves and about people and the world. Our notions about what we think is true and untrue, what is real and unreal, what is OK and what is not OK are based to a large degree on judgement. Continue reading