Judge only in moderation


Lyndsay Valadez

Lyndsay Valadez, Reporter

As I’m lounging on the couch, with my legs kicked back and arms behind my head, I stare at the blank TV screen, because I don’t want to have to handle thinking. Sadly I have to think, but all I ever usually think about is food. Thinking about anything else makes my brain hurt. Sometimes, though, I have to think, and many times it’s about what other people are thinking. You and I have to stop that: stop caring about what people think, stop filling yourselves with the world, but keep judging.

Continue judging with meaningful intentions. Judging is important when choosing between the right thing to do: homework, or the more dishonorable act, to stare into blank nothingness. It’s a choice, and why should a person, who has lived through lots of days, met many people and experienced as much as the next guy, be judged from one silly action. Obviously, judging goes deeper than sitting on the couch, but that’s where it starts.

Sometimes there is an internal evaluation, but most of the time judgements are made externally. If you’re like the people I know, you judge all of the time, but you don’t like being judged.

Well, a contributor to Forbes.com, Ty Kiisel, wrote an article that almost guarantees you are being judged all the time and has done surveys to help prove his point. He talks about how the more attractive someone is, the more they are paid. I don’t want to tell you right from wrong, but the way someone looks is most definitely not a “right” way to judge. Here’s the deal, though, if nobody judged anything, the world would come crumbling down, that’s almost fact. Be wise when deciphering between good and bad, and don’t go off of something that is spreading from ear to ear to ear.

“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see,” was a powerful quote author and blogger Dani DiPirro used in an article about judgement with this quote from Henry David Thoreau. She launched a site called positivelypositive.com in 2009 with the goal to help everyone develop as much positivity as they can. The article talks about what judgement does, why we do it and why you should stop. But, looking at the quote from her article, you still have to judge, but positively. Positivity, balance and understanding is what I think the right way to judge is, but I will leave that judgment up to you.

I can positively (almost) guarantee that when reading the first paragraph it was presumed that I am lazy, a food-addict, annoying and whatever other name this crazy and crooked world has decided to call people. However, the world is made up of people and people have brought this upon themselves. We are all so quick to judge without even knowing it. There are judgements a person has to make for his/herself and for others. You can judge me, because quite frankly, I don’t care. But, you cannot judge me from the first paragraph or anything else until you have met me and can at least understand me. I’m here to tell you to keep judging, but do it the “right” way.