Judgment unfortunately seems to be a characteristic a lot of us adapt over the course of our lives. When we are born and live as young children, judgment remains a foreign concept. As we age, however, and are influenced by social hierarchies and beliefs, there is a chance we may begin to become judgmental of others.
I try very hard to abstain from judging people, regardless if I know them or not. In the case of strangers in particular, I try even harder to avoid judging before I get to know them because in the case of dealing with someone unfamiliar, if we are going to engage in the act of judgment, it’s likely going to be based off of a persons exterior appearance, which is accusational and wrong.
While I try my best to refrain from judging, it’s a tempting and subtly influential force. Sometimes we judge without realizing it, and it is possible that by the time we recognize our judgment, the damage has already occurred.
As human beings we are aware of how challenging it can be to be a good person overall, especially considering the current state of the world we are finding ourselves living in. But that isn’t to say we can’t give a solid effort to be the best person, or the best version of ourselves possible, and benefit ourselves and others in our efforts.
The next time you’re tempted to judge someone, take a moment to do some self-reflection. Ask yourself what judging this person will do for you, and whether or not the act of judgment will benefit them. Chances are you won’t be able to come up with a logical reason to judge and you will avoid doing it, and repetition of this mindful practice could reduce the occurrence of judgment significantly over time.