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October 15, 2021
Authors: Chevirio & Anastacija  

Don’t judge

We all deal with it on a daily basis, judgments and prejudices. We are all guilty of it every day. You resolve not to do it and yet you do it.

We have to force ourselves every time to realize that it is wrong to judge and be prejudiced. Often we don’t even know we’re not doing the right thing. Of course you can have an opinion. But how far does that go?

There are always prejudices. Prejudices and judgments are human, but you can also be completely absorbed in them. Prejudice are opinions that are not based on facts or experience.

You don’t know anyone until you’ve talked to them or have personally shared an experience with them. Unless there are concrete images of that person from which you can really infer that. 

‘Before you judge others, judge yourself.’

Imam Ali

Narrow-minded

Prejudice often arises from being narrow-minded. We want to put labels on each other. We must be aware that we have judgments and prejudices that are often based on nothing.

It may be that it is based on an experience with a person and that we then lump everyone together.

It’s good to investigate, observe, watch, listen to find out what’s really going on before making a judgement. Prejudice is hurtful. You never know what is going on in that person’s life and what damage you unconsciously cause.

We believe that we should all find a way to inhibit ourselves when you create a prejudice in your head. If you are no longer able to understand others, why do you need to be understood? 

‘Treat others how you want to be treated.’

Imam Ali

Mindset

Prejudices are created opinions about something or someone, it actually says everything about yourself. You judge something or someone while you have not even looked into it or have listed the correct facts.

Unfortunately, you often grow up with prejudices. You adopt what your parents, family or friends think without forming your own and correct opinion about it.

But the question that really matters is how can you reduce prejudice, because if you pay close attention, the prejudice you have is often converted into racism, discrimination or hatred.

We can better convert prejudice into empathy and empathize with the other. We believe that you can reduce these prejudices by knowledge, listening carefully and changing your mindset.

The trick is to respect everyone. It is the life of that person anyway and he or she can decide for himself what that looks like. If we can’t accept that, we need to take a closer look at ourselves. It would be good to be more aware of what we think and say. Everyone is unique and different. 

‘People are always judging you based on where your’e from, where you went to school, how you look and how you talk. But at the end of the day, your’e going to have to look into the mirror and accept who you are. It’s all about being authentic.’

Andre Carson

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