From International Viewpoints (IVy) Issue 3 - November 1991

New Realities
By Mark Jones, USA


We may hear admonitions from time to time to not be judgemental, that
it is not spiritual to judge. Yet we know that without using good
judgement, we will encounter failures and setbacks in life. How does
one resolve this apparent paradox?

In one sense, most of people's and the world's problems stem from
people being judgemental. This is viewing others and their activities
through fixed opinions or beliefs, that essentially categorize them,
often with an inferior or bad connotation. Thus we see Croates
fighting Serbs, trying to destroy each other because of the other
being judged to be bad people, or as bad because of having ancestors
who allegedly perpetrated harmful acts. The categorization of public
as wogs or raw meat, or dissenters as SPs and "fair game" by members
of the C of S, or the similar labelling by religious groups of
disbelievers as heretics or agents of the devil are examples in which
individuals view others through fixed beliefs that they are inferior
or bad. We see it occurring between ethnic groups, and in prevalent
male attitudes toward women. In the so called independent field, we
see it in the intolerance of other's selected paths of exploration and
a 'my way is the only true way' attitude, which mocks having a truely
independent viewpoint.

Yet careful observations and evaluation of conditions and
circumstances are essential elements for success in life. However,
observation and evaluation through fixed viewpoints is invariable
skewed, and becomes judgemental. It makes it impossible to truly
duplicate and in a sense become one with that which is being observed
or considered.

As long as individuals hold fixed or limiting beliefs about
themselves, and their own inadequacies, they will tend to project
these on to others and to be judgemental. This will bring about
distorted observations, evaluations, intolerance and lack of success.
Only by identifying and eliminating beliefs can individuals become
competent observers and evaluators. As they do, their path to success
will becomes easier and more joyful.