To Understand Others with Depth, We Must See, but not Judge, and Leave the Judging to God

The following are my responses on Jay Bookman’s blog on October 13, 2016.  Link: http://jaybookman.blog.ajc.com/2016/10/13/karma-baby/

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Karma is real, spiritually.  Thank God that someone was protecting this nation from taking the fall with Trump, and that it is simply the Republican Party that will be taking this fall with Trump.

As a “seasoned” educator, let me simply point out that we have to keep delving deeper and deeper into the total beings of others.  Sometimes we get stuck in seeing others with only half of the iceberg showing.

With Bill Clinton, I believe that it was not only the vicious campaign of the Republican leadership to take him down that made Bill seem a victim, himself, and therefore turned the public to be sympathetic to him, but that the public could see deeper, even subconsciously, into the deeper recesses of President Clinton’s psyche and they saw a generous spirit who loves other people in all their weakness (like his) and who wants to serve other flawed human beings.

Labels limit our thinking.  That is why it is fruitless to label Thomas Jefferson either a Deist, a Christian, an Agnostic, or an Atheist.  Thomas Jefferson’s mind and soul defied labeling, and that is true not only of Jefferson, but of all human beings.  Knowing that to be true, we are encouraged to look as deep into the souls and minds of others as we are able. To accomplish this, we must see but not judge and leave the judging to God.  Karma.

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 My response to another poster:

Or maybe, the “many (gods)” are all incorporated into the one God.  It is just that we, with our limited perceptions, cannot see that.

Kipling:  “. . .but each in his separate star, will paint the Thing as he sees it for the God of Things as they are.”
(L’Envoi)


My response to a second poster:

Yes, I know that those who have unfairly demonized President Obama  have given him much pain.  Hillary Clinton, in fact, told us that.  But, then, all of us receive pain from others, and we, in turn, inflict pain upon others.  That is the human condition.  God, in my mind, is working in the mind and soul of Barack Obama, just as he worked in the mind and soul of MLK Jr. and God is/was protecting both Obama and King through his grace, from the inflicted pain of the unenlightened of our world.

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3 Responses to To Understand Others with Depth, We Must See, but not Judge, and Leave the Judging to God

  1. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    It is necessary to make judgments about others, and to be prepared for others to make judgments about us.
    The quality of a judgment depends on a number of things. Some important ones are:
    The premises used.
    How willing the judger is to put in the necessary time and effort.
    How willing the judger is to recognize that he or she may not have complete information.
    The spirit in which the judgment is made.

    • I prefer to use the word “assess” instead of “judge” because it is necessary to see with depth and to speak against that which destroys. However, spiritually, all of us are flawed and none of us is perfect with God’s perfect understanding and that is why I now understand that Jesus was spiritually correct when he instructed all human beings, “Judge not, that you not be judged.”

  2. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    Since very few people are suicidal enough to practice the altruist morality with full consistency, believers in the altruist morality tend to conclude that all people are necessarily flawed. That is not actually the case.

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