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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Sun, Sep. 4th, 2005 11:52 pm
Thoughts on compassion and judgement

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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, Sep. 8th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's what I think

But I think we SHOULD judge people (perhaps more than we do now) about important things. Like, if someone commits a double murder, let's go ahead and say they're a bad person. "They're not a bad person; they just do bad things" is insane, to me. I think our best and most fair way of assessing someone's values is through their actions, in accordance to their ability to perform good deeds/avoid bad deeds, and their magnitude.

I used to think that ...

But the thing is, I've been in far too many situations where a person has done something hurtful or malicious not out of spite, but because either (a) they didn't know any better way to handle things, (b) they weren't aware of the entire situation, or (c) they're in so much pain they've become irrational. In short, they may well be a good person doing bad things. ;)

I've seen (a), (b) and (c) far more often than I've seen true malice. Given that, I don't think we should ever make such a judgement without considering the intentions and motivation of the actor (or, person performing the action). But in order to do that, we need to have a certain amount of compassion and empathy for the person we're judging -- we need to understand their situation.

Most people don't bother trying to gain that understanding, and so they make judgements prematurely. Someone may have committed double murder, taken the lives of two people with friends and family who love them dearly ... but would you judge that person harshly if he or she acted in self-defense?


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