Quick To Judge

Saturday, 6 April 2013

I saw something the other day which got me thinking. All of us are guilty of judging people in one way or another. Whether it's on looks, intelligence, style, we all form am impression of somebody the first time we meet them, but maybe we shouldn't. It's almost the norm though, and subconsciously we probably make assumptions about people before we've even spoken to them. There's bound to be people who we aren't too keen on, despite them being loved by everyone else, and yes, we're entitled to that opinion, but maybe we need to take some time out and think about why we've made that judgement.

The thing that made me think about this was something I saw online. I should have written it down because I can't find it for the life of me, but it said something along the lines of 'we always question the good, but believe the bad' - which is actually pretty spot on. If you hear something positive about someone, we almost always question the truth and sincerity behind it, but if we hear something negative, we pretty much accept it without question. Why don't we go through the same thought process when we hear bad things, as we do when we hear good things. Human nature has made us instinctive as people, but it wouldn't hurt to take a couple of minutes to make sure we're being fair when forming an opinion of someone. They might not be our cup of tea, and that's fine. But somebody else is bound to care for them and love them, so we should be respectful of that.

I'm not saying don't make judgements, because we're all too guilty of doing that. Admit it, we've all been subject to criticising someone's choice of clothing or hair style, but at the end of the day it's all down to personal preference. It's true, the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same. Just remember, there's a huge difference between having a light hearted harmless conversation about somebody between a group of friends, than being directly abusive and nasty towards someone, and those are the people who need to realise, they aren't better than the people they're hurting.

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