New Agey types, ironically, love to accuse others of “judging.”

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on Nov 30, 2010
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Nothing, contrary to New Age mentality, is wrong with judging. The problem is pre-judging.

Lady Justice does plenty of judging. She doesn’t, however, prejudge. Notice the sword of “prajna” in her right hand.

We here at elephant try and do our share of “cutting through” that “Spiritual Materialism” stuff. Still, we get happy-yappy hippie-dippy love n’lightey comments like this one all the time.

I’ve included my response. Both comments took place are from this tongue-in-cheek blog.

There’s a certain positive nihilism to thinking we can’t or shouldn’t judge anything. It’s okay to see things as they are; to call a spade a spade. Poison? Don’t drink it. Cigarettes? No, thanks.

“It’s all good” mentality? Maybe later.


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15 Responses to “New Agey types, ironically, love to accuse others of “judging.””

  1. jody says:

    Do what thou wilt (as long as nobody is getting hurt.)

    Just don't expect me to be buying any of it.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    I'm not selling, so that works out perfectly.

  3. jody says:

    I was thinking more along the lines of this:

  4. dono says:

    To use the words of that great Buddhhist sage, Judge not, lest yea be judged.

  5. William Price says:

    Be more specific, please? Is there a status quo in a dynamic purposeful life? That's also a problem – vagueness. Thanks for making us think, LInda.

  6. YesuDas says:

    Hear, hear!

    "Viveka" = "discrimination", as in discriminating good from bad; the word is part of the name of one of my heroes, Swami Vivekananda. In Christian circles, the word "discernment" means basically the same thing. And yes, one does get judged if one uses one's judgment!

    I overheard the following in a diner: "I can't stand Christians; they're so judgmental…How can you eat that? Don't you know what's in that?"

  7. Yogini# says:

    Mentioning the Gita, as in trying to convey my understanding of it, and some New Agey type somewhere in the blogyogasphere calls me a "moron" because I suggest something in a tentative manner as to what is lacking in the trendy part of the status quo …


  8. elephantjournal says:

    Not sure he said that..!

    From the Department of In Any Case: What's wrong with being judged (as opposed to pre-judged)? A lot of the most helpful talkings-to I've ever had came from dear friends who were forced to wake me up from my self, habitual patterns, blind spots…

    Yours, Waylon

  9. elephantjournal says:

    Amen, Linda!

  10. elephantjournal says:

    God help us! ~ Waylon

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