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    Default Judging the judgmental

    Here is a twisted little observation that has come to mind recently. Most people weary of those who are judgmental, but how do you respond to a judgmental person without passing judgment? And if someone misjudges someone as being that way, then that person becomes the guilty party so to speak?

    I just wonder if a truly non-judgmental attitude allows for the human frailty in others of being judgmental. Is it possible withhold judgment?

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    I guess I tend to regard judgementalness (which firefox spellcheck assures me is not a word) as a symptom rather than an essential aspect of a person's personality. Then, having identified it, said it aside when talking to them. And I look for underlying causes for the judgementalness. I can be pretty judgemental, but usually more about behaviours rather than people. Except when the people in question are abstracts identified as exhibiting a particular behaviour which I condemn, for discussion purposes. Then I will probably judge them, but I'm really judging the behaviour. Underneath it, though, I'm still looking for the causes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonia View Post
    Here is a twisted little observation that has come to mind recently. Most people weary of those who are judgmental, but how do you respond to a judgmental person without passing judgment? And if someone misjudges someone as being that way, then that person becomes the guilty party so to speak?

    I just wonder if a truly non-judgmental attitude allows for the human frailty in others of being judgmental. Is it possible withhold judgment?

    What do you think?
    Keeping the thoughts to yourself, and giving them the room to air theirs, mayhaps. I'm not sure if it is deemed a judgement if sentence is not passed.

    "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it"?

    Or is withholding judgement merely giving others a second chance? But there has to be a limit, isn't it.

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    My general reaction is "leave me alone or I'll chew you out." Especially when I see some of the sexist/racist propaganda from conservative groups.

    Usually I just shut up and then resolve to get a shirt that says STFU university to wear around them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Varelse View Post
    sexist/racist propaganda from conservative groups
    A little judgmental, there, aren't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aelan View Post
    Keeping the thoughts to yourself, and giving them the room to air theirs, mayhaps. I'm not sure if it is deemed a judgement if sentence is not passed.

    "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it"?

    Or is withholding judgement merely giving others a second chance? But there has to be a limit, isn't it.
    Damn ambiguous language!

    One construction of the phrase 'withholding judgement' would be that you simply never voice your opinion of someone. This definition seems not to eliminate judgement, but only to create an aura of being without judgement.

    The second, would say that someone withholds the ability to judge. I don't think it's impossible for that to happen, but I don't think it ever has or ever will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
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    A little judgmental, there, aren't you?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocapszy View Post
    A little judgmental, there, aren't you?
    A little judgmental, there, aren't you? And so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
    A little judgmental, there, aren't you?
    htb: en garde!

    *defends Varelse's right to state her points*

    Though, I suppose you could also get a shirt that says "make me" and walk up to her?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aelan View Post
    htb: en garde!
    Just playing my part. Toonia must have known this would lead to infinite recursion (recursion...recursion...recursion).

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