Non-judgmental?

We hear this term a lot in the lifestyle and even in society in general, but what does it mean? Well, the prefix merely means not, so we get not "Of or relating to judgment.; Inclined to pass judgment, critical."

"Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used" - Dr. Carl Sagan

So, we don't want to use our judgment... Huh? Sorry, but I do, without our judgment we are not the brightest bunch... We judge everyday, every minute. To claim otherwise is the height of ignorance.

"We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path." - Paulo Coelho

I am open minded, very open minded by some people's definitions, however I remain, and will always remain, judgmental. We all should remain judgmental, it is what allows us to decide right from wrong, and while I may not be able to say what path is right for you, I may very well be able to know which ones are wrong.

We have in this lifestyle decided that everything is right, nothing is wrong, and in that, we are greatly wrong. There is no one "twue" path, but there are many. And there are wrong paths, and those who have been around and persisted in this lifestyle more than a few years know it.

The internet has been a good thing and a bad thing to this lifestyle, it has provided an open door to many who would not have known about the lifestyle before. However it has also provided an open door to those who would use and abuse the lifestyle and those in it. I live by the mantra "If you see it and do not correct it, you own it." In that, I daily try to correct that which I see as wrong, to me to do otherwise means I am doing the wrong.

"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment." - Bob Packwood

1 Jul 2008 13:52:22

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