Do you like the Isaac Newton quote? Third law of motion as I recall…well, more like ‘as I just checked on Wikipedia’! 🙂 And it’s not really totally appropriate for this post anyway now that I think about it. But I digress. I have just started marking first assignment for the unit I am tutoring and, as always, I am reminded how much I hate sitting in judgement of people….when there are consequences involved and when they know I am doing it! 🙂
It got me to thinking though…how many of us would be so quick to rush to judgement on things if we had to directly confront the people involved in and affected by those judgements? How many of the people who say asylum seekers should be sent back would feel the same way if they met the people involved, heard their stories and then had to be the one to actually send that person back to their home country? Its pretty safe to pass judgement and demand action on things when you will never face the consequences of your actions.
Don’t worry, I’m not preaching or having a go at a particular group. I’m as guilty as the next person. I pass judgement on Liberal politicians without any real knowledge of who they are and what they really stand for. I pass judgement on celebrities based on what I read, see & hear in the media (and any reader of my blog will know how hypocritical that is given my opinion of our media! 🙂 ). And I pass judgement on the people who pass judgement on asylum seekers without any real understanding of why they feel the way they feel and think the way they think.
As the old Sioux Indian saying goes, Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked a mile in their moccasins. The more I write the more I realise that this is very much a ‘teaching you to suck eggs’ kinda post. But then again, as my old Phys Ed teacher used to say, why is it called common sense if no-one seems to have it. So saying it again probably won’t hurt! 😉