Thursday, April 11, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: J is for Judgement




Yesterday, I expressed my geezer disappointment at the bombardment of useless and flawed information I felt daily. 


As a child in church, I often heard "judge not, that ye will not be judged" and my very immature kid brain took that to mean that I shouldn't ever have an opinion of anything that disagreed with any person or issue...to do so would be judgmental...and that just had to be a terrible thing. "Judge not" used to be a popular commentary. But it was also a life lesson that was usually only half-taught. 



So, what good is all that information clogged up in your brain? Shouldn't that be used for something? Can't I tap into some of the legit information and experiences to help me make future decisions?



Of course, I can, and it's not judgement that is a problem. Some things in life are just wrong and one of the plus sides of approaching geezerdom is the fact that you are more apt to "call 'em as you see 'em." That, my friends, coupled with mindful evaluation of what you know to be true, is discernment.



In fact, the very biblical roots of "judge not" (for those who want to dig in further) point to the need to look deeper at issues before you make a decision. Know your facts; learn from experience. Whew! That's something geezers have: experience.



Geezers wear their discernment like the badge of honor that it is. See? Parts of geezerdom aren't bad at all.

  • If you think before you speak, instead of after you get the court summons...
  • If you know the phrase, "what do you mean?" and use it, instead of just taking a wild guess...
  • If you avoid acting on gossip or rumor...
  • If you gather facts before you form an opinion...
  • If you understand it's not a crime to have a different opinion...
  • If you think it's okay to "sleep on it" before you act...
YOU MIGHT BE A (WELL-TENURED) GEEZER.

And all those years leading up to geezerdom have served you well, if you learn something along the way. 




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17 comments:

  1. Well, this post is just CRAZY YAK!

    "Judge not, lest ye be judged" means EXACTLY what it says! If you judge, you're a jerk and you will also be judged against.

    You should temporarily ignore the fact that The Bible is just a book of myths and fables and it contains no OBJECTIVE truths, and you should simply do what it says, which is: "DON'T JUDGE" me, no matter what I think and do... unless, of course, what I do is "Politically Incorrect". In those cases, you should call me a "Nazi" and a "Racist" and a "Homophobe" and a "Xenophobe" and a "Misogynist", *BUT*... you *still* shouldn't judge me. Because "judging" is bad -- exactly like The Bible (that book of myths and fables) says it is.

    Call me all the nasty names you want, but just don't judge me. Ite? (You un'erstan' how this works now?)

    Good luck with all that.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. Suddenly...I get it. It all makes sense now...I think...I don't want to use my brain too much.

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    2. I'm greatly (surprised and) pleased that it all makes sense to you now, Doc.

      Would you mind splainin' it to me?

      [When Doctor Stephen gives way to Mister McCarthy, I've learned to just stand aside and let Sergeant Stream O'Consciousness do his thang.]

      I'm sure that all meant sumpin', but I don't drink enough booze to "get it" anymore. It's protly jus' too genius for the likes of me.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...'

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  2. This right here is what we seem to have completely forgotten. Everyone wants to be right and right now. When they end up sounding wrong as soon as possible. Or at least, that they haven't bothered to think about their reaction at all. And at all levels of society.

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    1. I feel the same...it's not generareally ational thing at all, though I frequently hear that it is one group or another. It's a plague that destroys us from within.

      We all have to be mindful that we don't add to the collective crazy.

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    1. Every now and then, I have a lucid point...

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  4. I try my best not to me over-judgmental, but I am often strongly discerning. I've found a lot of people passing judgment on me and my opinions. Well, at least my opinions are more right than their's are.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. In my comment "me" actually means "be". Hope no one judges me to be illiterate because of this mistake.

      Lee

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  5. It's easier to be judgemental since the internet came along and you can get affirmation for any point of view.

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    1. True...but every opinion is not necessarily lacking discernment.

      The difference being the rush to judgement, facts or no facts.

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  6. My judgment is I ate too much before reading blogs...

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    1. Coincidentally, I ate too much before responding...I feel like a lump.

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  7. I try hard not to judge others until I know the facts, and if a person does something that I would not do unless I know the ins and outs I try not to judge

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  8. I try not to judge others - as long as they're not hurting anyone else, then I'm pretty much an each to their own type
    Debbie

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  9. I'm not the judgemental type, generally, and agree with what my namesake above said. When it comes to opinions and beliefs, it always amazes me that some people get offended if yours don't match theirs. One of my favourite expressions: "There is no right or wrong, there is only opinion." Mature people should be able to agree to disagree and remain friends. Sadly, maturity seems to be in short supply, these days.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo