Jul 10, 2012

To judge or not to judge? That is a stupid dilemma.


Judging seems to be the next taboo to take over now that gay marriage is sooo last decade. What happens to most taboos is that at first it is shocking, appalling even, later on it becomes somewhat unacceptable to "as long they don't touch me" until it converts into "to each their own" or "that's a common thing now!".

Judging, by comparison, should have followed suit and become acceptable, even more so when it has, is, and will always be a common thing. And after that. And then some more! It will always be a common thing.

Now. normally when taboos are battled in the Arenas of Moralism, it's mostly backed by anyone with a brain and shunned by Bible-thumbers or conservative folk that do next to nothing than opposing anything new or radically harmless. Yet judging defies this "rule", AGAIN! (we've got one hell of a rebellious taboo on our hands) Case in point, take this picture I found on Facebook.

Now this is where it starts to go wrong. This is clearly a person that's "Down to Earth", that knows what's the haps on the cyberworld of web surfing, this person is likely a young adult with an open mind and that relies on the right of Free Speech to portray his message. But there's a catch here, just because he doesn't want to be judged, YOU should not judge either, so he'll do you a favor and not judge you. Ah-hah, that's beautiful actually, but he only derives this because somewhere, in a book, lost to civilization, he read that people can't judge. Saying you are no one to judge is to say you are not illegible for this sort of transaction at a bank that hasn't specified what sort of client you need to be in order to be illegible. Being "no one" is strictly a personal matter, if he does not think sufficient of himself and his capabilities in order to reach a conclusion about anything at all in the world, then perhaps he is right, he shouldn't have to carry the burden of judging because it implies both thinking (be it in enormous amounts, or poorly) and wanting to speak your mind.

The person that made the image lacks, by his own logic, the ability to reach conclusions about people, yet does not mind for shutting up about his opinion. He felt so inclined to judge judgmental people and make it public that he turned plain text into an image!

Here's the tricky part, see, everyone CAN judge, it's a matter of SHOULD or SHOULD NOT. There is no law, no moral rule, no impulse that says "hey don't judge, you can't do that!".

Judging is just having an opinion, be it an uneducated or a sophisticated one, judgements from our own behalves are handed out each and every day. Be it to people, animals, foods, stores, activities. WE JUDGE ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

  • That person looks promising! - That's me judging positively someone that I just interviewed.
  • A cat would make a fine pet. - That's me judging, positively, an entire species of animals, based on my personal perception (e.g. an opinion).
  • The Wendy's Triple Classic burger looks big enough to be only thing I'll eat all day. - That's me judging a hamburger according to its size, without having eaten it yet.
  • Budweiser is hosting a contest for plane tickets to go to the Lollapalooza, that shit's gonna be insane! - That's me judging an event that I've never been to or have even seen a video of what it's like.
Fine and dandy. This is every day judgement carried out, you do it, I do it, certainly any "no judging" moralfag does it too. Now let's change the judgement on each of those things.
  • That person looks like a slacker and a suckup! - That's me judging negatively someone that I just interviewed.
  • A cat is worse than having a mother-in-law around during her hot flashes. - That's me judging, negatively, an entire species of animals, based on my personal perception (e.g. an opinion) and a comparison.
  • The Wendy's Triple Classic burger gonna help me make mud butt all day. - That's me judging a hamburger according to its size, without having eaten it yet.
  • Budweiser is hosting a contest for plane tickets to go to the Lollapalooza, even if free, why go to such an overrated event anyway? - That's me judging an event that I've never been to or have even seen a video of what it's like.

OH HELL NO, I DID NOT JUST NEGATIVELY JUDGE THAT PERSON/ANIMAL/FOOD/ACTIVITY RIGHT OFF THE BAT!!!

Spot the hypocrisy? Only does the problem arise when the judgement is changed from positive to negative. Now, it's understandable that you don't want people judging you. But should one really care?

Unless you are a celebrity, where hundreds of thousands will form a collective understanding on what or who you are and will harass your image, you have no business in caring if people judge you. Hell, those same celebrities seldom care!

See how hard people try to tell others not to judge them, yet these are the same individuals to accept something like, hm, "you look like a caring person".

So keep your "you can't judge" crap to yourself, and fuck off because I've judged that if you don't want people to judge, you're a moralistic fag with double-standards.

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