May 12     

Today's quotation:

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

Albert Einstein

Today's Meditation:

I've seen many people who seem to believe that they're in tune with what's "true" in life.  They're at the pulpits, in the offices, in the classrooms, on the couch with a beer in their hand-- they're everywhere.  Because they see things so "clearly" in their own minds, they're willing to tell others when they're right and wrong, when they've made mistakes or when they've done something right.

The simple fact is, though, that none of us know everything.  Some of us do know more information than others, but information is simply that:  information.  Truth and Knowledge are two concepts that have little to do with information, and much to do with mindfulness and awareness and compassion.  In my experience, I've learned that the people who are closest to understanding Truth are simply those who are starting to understand that they can never know any sort of absolute truth.

The greatest knowledge we can reach is that of knowing and understanding the limits of our own knowledge.

Judges in courts are simply there to judge cases based on interpretations of the law.  When we decide to judge other people based on our own limited knowledge of life and living and eternity, though, we do a great injustice to them.  We also set ourselves up for a great deal of frustration in our own lives, for such judgment always will fall short of the intentions that we have in mind when we decide to judge someone else.

There's a great difference between accepting others for who they are and judging them based on our own limited ideas of right and wrong, or our own interpretation of Truth.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things do you tend to judge in other people?

Why is it so tempting to feel that we're in a position to judge others?

What would the world be like if there were less judgment of others?

For further thought:

One of the cardinal rules of joyful living is that judging others takes a great deal of energy and, without exception, pulls you away from where you want to be.

Richard Carlson

more thoughts and ideas on judging others



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