Mind WorX – Judgment
NEGATIVE thoughts that permeate our responses to daily life are taken for granted. They are such a normal and spontaneous reaction to what confronts us in life that in fact we don’t even think about them. That is because those responses are all wholly automatic and therefore unconscious.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Here come da judge, here come da judge?” It is a comical shtick that was first said by an African / American entertainer named Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham way back in the early 1920’s. It was a comical call sign that brought plenty of laughs every time he used it.
What he was actually doing, (though he would not have realized it of course) was describing all human beings. Seriously, we are the only judgmental animal on earth. When any person, friend, family or foe approaches us we could rightfully say, “Here comes a judge.”
We put descriptive tags – like/dislike – love/hate – fear/fear not on every event and every living creature that crops up in our life whether it involves us personally or occurs out there in the world around us.
Those judgments about life that we make every day are automatically added to the egos library of the past as preferences, constantly upgrading our belief system. The ego will then refer to them when needed to further judge life events. Thus, they then form part of the ever increasing weave of the curtain of negative emotions through which we sieve and interpret our daily lives.
All of this is done unconsciously. If we would just stop what we are doing for a moment, stand back and look at ourselves as we go about our daily routine, we could not help but notice how continuous and single minded our penchant for the judgment of others and ourselves really is.
Judging everything that occurs in our world, like any other negativity, does us more harm than the one whom we are judging. There is an old saying, “You cannot let your thoughts dwell upon your neighbor’s faults without doing harm to yourself.”
Again, this is the egos doing. It is an expert at justifying our criticisms, validating our feelings of injustice – the many things that we judge as being wrong with the way the world is out there. People who have a martyr complex feel that judgment has some credibility. Suicide bombers judge the world outside as being full of infidels and ridding the world of such ‘pests’ is worth dying for.
Oddly though, we all believe strongly that our personal judgments are above board, legitimate and necessary, while we judge the judgments of others as predominately unnecessary and narrow minded.
We would then of course judge that last statement as being hypocritical and though it may apply to others, does not apply to us personally. Here come da judge indeed!
Dan’s Quote: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.
____________For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:
____________and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
____________And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye,
____________but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”- Matthew 7:1-3