Judging People

    There is an old Indian Saying.

 

"Let us not judge any man until we have walked a mile in his moccasins..."

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    The American Indians were judged to be savages by many of the invading Europeans.  As a result the invading Europeans engaged in savage behavior against the American Indians.  In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act to free more eastern land for White settlement. This Act allowed President Andrew Jackson to forcibly remove the eastern American Indian tribes to land west of the Mississippi River. Within ten years, the United States government had uprooted more than 70,000 American Indians and moved them into Oklahoma Indian Territory, now the state of Oklahoma. The long journey that was filled with the most extreme suffering and hardship and caused the deaths of tens of thousands of American Indians.

    When we judge others unjustly we become unjust.   Before we judge others in a negative way we should try and understand.  If we can't walk in someone's moccasins we should at least try and understand what it would be like to walk in them.

Mother Theresa once said

If you judge people you have no time to love them.

    I don't think that it is always wrong to make judgements although I think there is a lot of wisdom in what Mother Theresa said.  Some approaches to self help and therapy also promote being nonjudgmental.  Again there is wisdom to these approaches but in my opinion there is a place for making judgements but if we do we should be careful that they are  just ones.  We should put ourselves in the shoes of the people we are judging. 

    We can also ask others to put themselves in our shoes when they judge us.   Sometimes that is a good way to stop an argument.

   

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