The Human Inclination to Judge

December 11, 2016

 

[This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book of channeled wisdom, Seeds of Light, which addresses how our human consciousness is built on a particular relationship to time and space.]  

 

Judgment is such a powerful part of who you are as humans. In fact, most of you are in a constant state of judging. It is the byproduct of the ego that discriminates and separates everything into form, everything into an object that can be distinguished from others. Your minds perceive the world in this way, with everything as a discrete object, because of the way that your minds have been constructed to deal with physicality. There is nothing true about this, in the sense that it has to be that way . . . . There’s nothing true about it in the sense that this is the only way or even a complete view of what’s happening.

 

No, it is the byproduct of your separation. We use that term deliberately in that you try to distinguish objects and yet you cannot limit yourselves to their physical aspects as a mere heuristic device, as if to say, that’s a chair because it has four legs and a seat and a back, and that’s a couch because it has cushions, even though both serve to support you and you sit on them.

 

You might begin by saying, I prefer couches to chairs, because they are more comfortable. You then might say, I prefer this couch over that couch because it looks better or has more cushions (or whatever the distinguishing factor for you might be). You pick one chair over another or a couch over another, and yet you decide that this couch or this chair is somehow better. Not different, not to distinguish so that one can simply identify one chair—this one versus that one. No, you take the next but entirely unnecessary step of judging them. Judgment begins by evaluating and placing the object on a hierarchical scale of value. This is better than that. You do it with almost every single thing you see and come into contact with so quickly and instantaneously that you do not even notice that your mind, in its ability to separate objects from an energetic whole, is also quick to ascribe value to those objects.

 

Discrimination is no longer differentiation for the purpose of navigating the physical realm. Discrimination becomes something closer to the word’s more contemporary usage, which means to evaluate and rank and decide that something is better than something else. That’s nonsense, we say, total nonsense. And we use the word nonsense deliberately because nonsense means that you have not used your senses, not all of your senses—only your limited senses of the eyes and the perceptions of the mind that you’ve reproduced again and again for eons.

 

But the step from differentiating to discrimination means that you operate almost entirely in the realm of judgment. There is nothing that you don’t see that you don’t also judge, and this is the fundamental—yes, fundamental—flaw in human perception. It is the cause and concern for all of humanities’ woes. It is the core of separation. Separation does not need to be such a terrible thing. There’s so much beauty and joy to be had in a physical body, in this dense realm. Yet, your mind’s architecture somehow requires that everything be separated and instantaneously judged.

 

Just try not judging. Walk around and see how quickly you label everything—liking this, disliking that. Your entire social network is now built around labeling with judgment whether you like or dislike someone else’s thoughts or pictures or words. Yet this is nothing new, nothing original. This you have done for millennia.

 

Why do you do this? Because you regard everything in physical form as either assisting or hurting you. Everything is categorized as “better” or “worse” because it somehow reflects a calculus of how this object relates to your survival in a physical body. Your existence is somehow necessarily tied to your ability to evaluate the object coming at you, and perhaps that was true sometime ago, when perhaps you thought to yourself, Oh, there’s a tiger, that tiger is not good for me, that tiger will eat me, that is not a good thing. You saw danger. But now you see danger still in virtually everything you see. It’s inherent in “liking” and “disliking.” Underneath all of that mental evaluation is a core concern with your own survival and your own existence.

 

Many of you may wonder: Why is the concern about survival? Why can’t I like this shirt or this chair or this city or this person and not have it mean some grand, existential concern about my life? Does me liking coffee at Starbucks and not liking coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts have anything to do with some core existential concern about life and my eventual annihilation? Please, you metaphysical beings are making such a hay. Can’t we just have our lattes and live in peace?

 

Yet that is the core issue: You seek comfort and peace, comfort and peace for yourself, and so everything is structured for you to not take risks, not to be deprived, not to feel discomfort, not to have to contend with things that you don’t understand or can’t accept. Everything that you reject reflects a limitation of your mind and its own programming that says this is somehow not something that can be a part of us.

 

For to judge is not to evaluate and differentiate and then to move on. To judge is to negate, to make less than, and to suggest that those who like something that you do not like are somehow less than. For you to judge another or a thing, and to place it in a hierarchy, means that each item is given slightly less of a foothold in your reality. Each judgment does not simply label according to hierarchy of value, but actually places a value on its right to be a part of this world.

 

That’s the fundamental thing: Your mind is trying to construct and perceive, through its programming, your reality in a way that ensures that you continue to exist in it. Anything that you evaluate is a reflection of the mind’s perception that your place in this world is somehow relative to that object’s place in this world, and if you don’t “like” that object, it means that object has less of a place in your world than you do. That’s what you’re doing—the core fear to survive drives all of this, even if, yes, having that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee wouldn’t end your life today. It’s part of the mechanism, it’s part of the structure of your mind.

 

For if you dislike or even hate things, then you like them not to be a part of your reality, you want them to be gone. Your mind has already decided that this doesn’t support your survival, not even in some small way. Your survival would be less comfortable if you didn’t have your special latte but had to drink something else. And so you are in the process of determining how much life—yes, how much life—each object is supposed to have. For the negation of that object through its judgment and evaluation and differentiation is essentially a form of death. You are ascribing life and death to objects through your judgments all the time. 

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