Monday, January 07, 2008

Truer Words Never Spoken

"All that any of us truly know is our own experience. Some people try to superimpose their experiences onto other people's lives and that never works; it's inherently flawed logic. One thing I have learned from starting this blog is how ridiculous it is to be judgmental, in any capacity. It's so egotistical to believe that we know more about someone else's reality than they do. And such a waste of time."

Thank you, Charlie's Mom!

5 Comments:

Blogger dez said...

I agree with that, for the most part. Too many people trying to make everyone else fit their definitions of right and wrong.

Then again, there are a few people I think I can be judgmental about. For example:

http://www.realchange.org/bushjr.htm
(I don't have a degree in psychology, nor am I an expert in human development, but I think I know an idiot when I see one.)

also: http://www.americannaziparty.com/about/index.php
(I believe I am entitled to be judgmental about these folks. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but I have to right to say STFU!)

And let's not forget everyone's favorite:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Phelps
(How can anybody with half a brain and a working eardrum sit in the same room with this man and not want to stuff him into a wood chipper? How?)

Being human, we have brains that allow us to discriminate between things based on their observable characteristics. If you eat something that tastes bitter, you want to spit it out. If you hear a noise that makes your head hurt, you want to change radio stations.

And if some dumbass tells you to hate these people because God wants you to, you want to say, "What a dumbass!"

Another way to put it would be: Some people are living in worlds that are too messed up for the rest of us, and steps should be taken to keep their worlds away from ours. In some cases, padded walls or steel bars are a sufficient barrier. For some, (such as http://crime.about.com/od/serial/p/gacy.htm) we need a good six feet of dirt.

Call me judgmental if you wish, but there are some people I think we can safely be judgmental about.

Monday, January 07, 2008 8:43:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Guilty...

Monday, January 07, 2008 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

I think there's a difference between being opinionated and being judgmental. True, it's a very fine line, but most people manage it okay. It's the difference between saying, "I don't think that's right; it might work better this way," and, "You're wrong; you have to change; you have to do it my way."

Fred Phelps is judgmental. Dez is opinionated about him. I hold the same opinion.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Tim...guilty? Say it ain't so! LOL!

Seriously, Tim; you're opinionated, but I don't think you're judgmental. We agree on some things and disagree on others. Neither of us is looking to force the other to change, and that makes the difference, I think.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

The judgmental aspect of religion is one of the many things that makes me dislike religion.

Saturday, January 12, 2008 7:20:00 AM  

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