Passing Judgment

In the Medieval Period, people who are suspected of practicing witchcraft are burned at the stake. Never mind presuming innocence — when someone accuses you of being a witch, you will be burned at the stake, on the town square. Jesters and rotten tomatoes optional.

Sounds harsh?

The truth is that the modern age is even worse: when people put labels on you, you will get screwed, especially when it concerns character and reputation, or the misunderstanding of it.

I’m not going to lie — I judge people too. And the labels I stick are pretty harsh. I would probably keep on doing that. I would probably avoid people who I think are stupid. I would probably cross the street to keep from talking to a blabbermouth. I would probably go offline when a pretentious person chats me up on Facebook.

But you know what the problem is when you label people according to your prejudices? You keep yourself from growing as a person. Sure, you have to surround yourself with people that you want to be associated with. But as for everyone else? Give them a chance.

Traits are not all positive. And if a few negative traits make you forget all the good ones, maybe you are the one who needs to assess yourself. Of course, that does not mean the opposite is true, but when passing judgment, you have to weigh things, and see to which they lean toward to: the good, or the bad.

Of course, this isn’t a perfect world, and judgmental people are part of it. You will always be victimized by a Regina George in your life, and the thing is, you should not let her, and everyone else who judge you a little bit too harshly, affect you negatively.




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