The Inner Struggle

I am too Judgemental …

Where does discrimination and judgement pass over the line into sin?  First we have observation, using our senses, and then using our brains we employ discrimination and judgement to filter what we observe, and hopefully arrive at an appropriate response to what we observe.  At least that would be the process in a reasonable world.

But “discrimination” and “appropriate” are highly charged words these days, to such an extent that one can be prosecuted in the courts for exercising discrimination which is deemed to be “not appropriate” otherwise known as “not politically correct”.

These terms are now flexible and are defined as whatever the media, leaders of the clique du jour, and the social mavens of the political swamp decide they “should” be.  And that suggests the answer, does it not? The place where “should”, with respect to others, enters into the debate, discussion, law, coverage, opinion, image, is the line where discrimination and judgement pass over the line into sin.

This totalitarian ultracrepidarian tyranny encompasses everything we experience in daily life today. The daily dictatorship of experts perfectly illustrates the line, the demarcation between judgement and discrimination as a necessary good and judgement and discrimination as sin. Is this “social” sin? A myriad of petty “experts” creating policy to control what others “should” do or even “can” do without fear of penalty.

Tend to one’s own plank before attempting to remove others’ splinters. Alternatively:  Shoe-maker, keep to your last  Follow the list of “necessary” works. Leave judgement of others to others.

Werken_van_Barmhartigheid,_Meester_van_Alkmaar_(1504)The Seven Works of Mercy, by Master of 1504, Master of the Seven Works of Charity, Cornelis Cornelisz. Buys (I) (?), Cornelis Willemz. (?) circa 1490-1510.

In the centre of the seven panels the act of burying the dead is represented, Christ being depicted in the sky on the Last Day. The other six panels represent the acts of mercy (charity): tending the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the prisoner. Christ appears among the needy in all scenes.

It is assumed that this painting was made for the Holy Ghost Hospital in Alkmaar. It was severely vandalised during the Iconoclasm, of the Protestant Reformation. In some areas the paint was scraped off. Some areas of damage are left visible after the restoration in the 1970s.

I would guess that when we slip away from our own pursuit of good works and digress into criticism and judgement of how others conduct themselves and how they “should” behave, then we have left the White Shores, and walk the “plank” into the sea of sin.

Cheers

Joe

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Disclaimer for the nit pickers: we take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately

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