An ancient Indian story says that when we judge others, we transfer some of that person’s bad karma to ourselves.
This may sound too trite at first glance, but let’s look at judging from a different angle.
Where does our need to judge others actually come from?
From a metaphysical point of view, it comes mainly from our own sense of inferiority, of which we’re largely unaware.
By judging others, we try to diminish their value in our eyes in order to alleviate the pain within ourselves that comes from activating the feeling of inferiority.
Think about it: You probably don’t feel the need to judge people who you believe are worse than you in some way, but you do see the need to judge people who you believe are better or more successful. You have it in comparison to those who have something you’d also like to have but don’t.
Our tendency to belittle the value of others to protect ourselves from the pain we’re feeling at that moment is a natural defensive reaction that we shouldn’t be ashamed of. In this way, our brain tries to compensate for the excessive emotional imbalance caused by the discrepancy between our desires and the actual situation.
However, it’s one thing to feel the urge to judge, and quite another to allow this urge to dominate our worldview.
It’s okay to have defensive reactions, but remember that we didn’t come to Earth to protect our weaknesses and look for justification for their existence. We came here to grow and maximize our potential and inner strength. As long as you judge others, you blind yourself and remain trapped in a perception that doesn’t allow your soul to develop and grow.
So the next time you feel the need to judge someone, remember the old story of taking on the bad karma of others and ask yourself:
Do I want to be trapped in my existing mindset or do I want to take advantage of the situation and get out of it?
The decision is yours… and I know how you’ll decide 🙂
© Tomislav Tomic – 2021.