October 21, 2020

Freedom From Judgment



“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”-- John 7:24 (KJV)

Dirty foreigner









Yes, I’ve been called those names, and many others. It hurts, obviously. I remember such criticisms for decades, no matter how I may have changed. I am socially awkward. People have often assessed my “outer shell” before getting to know the real me.

I’m not alone. We all live in a judgmental world. That’s not news to anyone.

I don’t think it’s right to criticize people for conditions over which they have no control. That’s just cruel. This article will explore two examples of the foolishness of stereotyping.


The Nazis

Question: Would a world where everyone looked and acted the same be wise—or interesting? Answer: Umm, no. I have seen archival footage of the soldiers marching. There’s no way to distinguish between them. These men remind me of an army of blonde robots made in the same factory.

(Fun fact: Hitler and some of his top aides were fairly short—and brunette.)

The rigorous idea of acceptable appearance was applied outside of the military, too. Medical personnel even measured the facial dimensions of people.

America’s Got Talent

Alan Silva is a little person who comes from a family of entertainers.  He has been bullied his whole life. Many critics have insisted he follow the traditional path for someone of his size: circus clown.

This sensitive man wasn’t interested. He refused to be put in a box. Alan chose to be an aerialist—a very good one. He placed 5th in season 15 of the variety-show competition. Please enjoy one of his auditions:

My Conclusion

Quotes on Judging from awakeningthegreatnesswithin.com

“When someone judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs.”—Lulu


“Everyone has untold stories of pain and sadness that make them love and live a little differently than you do. Stop judging, instead try to understand.”—Anonymous


“Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.”--Dr. Wayne Dyer


“It’s always the ones who know the least about you who judge you the most.”-- Anonymous


“Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.”—Anonymous


Have you chosen compassion over judgment?

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