Let Me Ask You a Question – 5/24/18

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Let me ask you a question:

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions but judge others by their actions?

29 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 5/24/18

  1. We can’t know, with certainty, others’ intentions, and have to choose whether or not to believe what they say about them. When considering our own intentions, we like to think of ourselves s good people, which tends to color our judgment. Knowing that, we can be skeptical of what others say about theirs.

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  2. Hopefully as we become more self aware we can pause and stop judging so quickly. I think it has to be a conscious effort, especially when the action is emotionally charged or seemingly unfair. Im a continuing work in progress on this topic.

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  3. I think those sections are the first impression you have of a person that sets up what you believe, but taking the time to get to really know them, what’s behind those actions, takes time. Most people don’t want to take the time anymore.

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  4. We must discern in order to survive. When we turn those discernments into permanent opinions with consequences or results-either mental, emotional or physical, they have become judgments. I have been lied to very often but am a very straightforward person, which makes it most challenging to trust the intentions of others. I think we all have a tendency to judge based on our personal social history, child rearing and religious background. It is what we do with our thoughts that always makes the difference.

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    • I agree. I’m not so sure people should fight the internal battle of judging. I believe it is an innate survival mechanism. With that said, we should keep our mouths shut as it relates to those judgments.

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  5. I found that when I stopped judging myself so harshly, I began to be gentler with others. Judgments leave little room for altered outcomes and expectations. But it is apparently unavoidable as human beings. Nice discussion.

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  6. We can’t reach others minds, thoughts and thus we can’t know their intentions. We judge them by their actions…. the consequence of their intentions. For ourselves, we can reach our intentions.

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