Here’s a conversation I had with a girl today which pushed me to write this post.
Matthew 7:1-5 New International Version (NIV) (Christianity)
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Quran 49:12 (Islam)
O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.
Talmud – Sanhedrin 74a (Judaism)
Who says your blood is redder than his?
“In other words, we do not know who is more beloved in the eyes of God. We don’t know who is really the better person, the homeless person or the cancer scientist. We don’t know what challenges God may have given someone growing up. We meet people in the middle of their life stories, in “Chapter 3.” We have no idea what went on in Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, and we certainly don’t know what lies ahead in Chapters 4, 5 and 6.”-
From “Remember My Soul,” by Lori Palatnik (Leviathan Press)
Marcus Aurelius (Agnosticism)
“Do not waste the remainder of your life in thoughts about others, when you do not refer your thoughts to some object of common utility. For you lose the opportunity of doing something else when you have such thoughts as these. What is such a person doing, and why, and what is he saying, and what is he thinking of, and what is he contriving, and whatever else of the kind makes us wander away from the observation of our own ruling power. We ought then to check in the series of our thoughts everything that is without a purpose and useless, but most of all the overcurious feeling and the malignant; and a man should use himself to think of those things only about which if one should suddenly ask, What are you thinking about? With perfect openness you might immediately answer, this or that; so that from your words it should be plain that everything in you is simple and benevolent, as befits a social animal, one that is unconcerned with pleasure, sensual enjoyments, rivalry, envy, suspicion, or any other thoughts that you would blush to admit.”
Siddharta Gautama the Buddha
When the Buddha heard that the lay disciple Migasāla was confidently claiming that several people who had recently died were reborn in certain circumstances, he said: ‘Who is this Migasāla… to know the complexity of the human character?’ Then he added: ‘Do not be a judge of others, do not judge others. Whoever judges others digs a pit for themselves’ (A.III,351).
My Thoughts: I think it’s neccesary to make observations about people for your own safety. For example if a person looks dangerous it’s best to take note but that’s about as far as it goes. And again I’m not perfect and have made more mistakes than I can count on ten hands however I do try my best to right my wrongs as efficiently as possible. A part of that is the ceasation of negatively judging other people for whatever reason the ego can think up. At the end of the day we’re all fighting seperate battles and being a dick doesn’t help. That said if you’re geniuely trying to help someone live a better life by pointing out their vices because you care about them that’s a completely different story. I think the being up stairs would appreciate that whole heartedly. Also as far as the dozens goes I try to keep it lighthearted or not play at all. If it matters I haven’t played since middle school.