Lest Ye Be Judged

I learned very quickly how awful it feels to be misjudged, but it is amazing how much longer it takes to learn to recognize the extent of such behavior in oneself.  I think some of us do not even realize we're doing it, it can happen so quickly.

In this vein, I find myself becoming increasingly aware of it within my own thinking, learning to stop and question my thoughts so that I can give everyone their fair shake.  This, of course, is a work in progress and perhaps always will be.  On the other hand, it is a labor of love.

My lessons, however, do not come from religious upbringing or study, but rather from my experience.  And this brings me to one of the areas in which I find myself struggling the hardest not to judge -- the religious.  I have some friends who still practice religion, but many more who were raised in religious households and have either lapsed or renounced their faith altogether.  Each of us has the capacity to be incredibly brilliant and incredibly stupid in a single breath, no matter what we believe; however, the amount of sheer destruction and appalling hyposcrisy this universe has witnessed in the name of an unseen, third-party deity makes me question those who continue to follow these traditions.  Particularly interesting to me are those of the 'religious right' in America who claim to worship a man who taught love, peace, kindness, generosity, understanding and acceptance.  That doesn't exactly jibe with bigotry, violence and hate.  It is hard for me to be patient with people who tout these lessons of love their entire lives, but never really listen to them; or those who have it written before them but do take the time to reflect upon it.  Essentially, while I appreciate the many positive and enriching contributions to humanity that have and do come out of this faith, I cannot make sense of this substantial disconnect between theory and practice.

I think what helps me to keep perspective in this endeavor is to keep in mind that many people want to be 'good', but that we all have different ideas or understandings of what that means.

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Aug 9, 2010