Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Today... we judge
Several days ago, I called Justice Scalia a moron following his vile and scatterbrained remarks regarding Supreme Court's gay marriage decision. Someone reproached me for doing so and told me "I had not right to judge". To refresh everyone's memory, per dictionary.com, moron noun 1.Informal. a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment: I wonder why they elected that narrow-minded moron to Congress. 2.Psychology. (no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) a person of borderline intelligence in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69. First of all, anyone who has read Justice Scalia's statement would agree - that is not something written by an intelligent person. It's particularly remarkable, since those who participated in Justice Scalia's appointment hearing made a point of how smart he was. One of the senators said humorously, "He's like a really smart... rock." Well, apparently, a smart rock does not a smart person make. What he wrote in his statement barely speaks of awareness - let alone intelligence. It is bursting at the seams with grossly inaccurate generalizations and questionable metaphors. So, my judgment stands - Scalia is a moron because with his statement he clearly demonstrated lack of intelligence and, most certainly, lack of good judgment. Second, telling someone they have no right to judge is a paradoxical statement because it is, in fact, a judgement in and of itself. We all judge. We need to learn to live with the fact. When we choose between two cars we judge one car manufacturer to be superior to another. When we choose between two cans of fruit at the grocery store we judge between two canned fruit companies. If you think that sort of everyday judgment doesn't affect anyone - think again. Your decision, added up with the decisions of other people adds up to welfare of huge organizations, millions of dollars, and countless jobs. The relationship is described very well in the "cerulean" scene of the movie The Devil Wears Prada. We judge and it impacts others. We are not unique in this. A monkey judges when choosing between two bananas. A dung beetle judges when choosing a mate. We do both of the above and a lot more. Even Jesus, who advised against judging? Couldn't help being a little judgmental when he kicked the merchants out of the temple, calling them thieves. The point is not to stop judging entirely - since we have just established it's impossible. The point is changing howwe judge. Judge all you want as long as you do so intelligently, objectively, based on well-researched evidence. As long is your methodology for judging meets these criteria, judge away and don't feel bad about it.