Unexpected Moments

Nothing is lost upon a man who is bent upon growth; nothing wasted on one who is always preparing for – life by keeping eyes, mind and heart open to nature, men, books, experience – and what he gathers serves him at unexpected moments in unforeseen ways.”- Hamilton Wright Mabie

One of the most profound statements ever made was this: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” It is such a simple statement and it couldn’t be clearer, but for a variety of reasons man has refused to relinquish his sense of entitlement to that sweet in the mouth but bitter in the belly forbidden fruit called judgment.

I’ve written about it on a number of occasions, from a variety of angles, and I hope that my perspective has helped you maintain yours in some way. My point today, dear readers, is this: everything wrong in the world we have today can be traced back to this central flaw in human thinking.

Think about it this way. I’ve heard it said that the events of the future cast their shadows on the present, but it seems that people who can actually see the future in any level of detail or with any degree of accuracy are extremely rare. That said, if you can’t see the future you are probably not in the best position to judge which elements of your present situation are most important to your future. 

I’ve been surprised time and time again by the future value of experiences in my past that I could have easily written off as being meaningless when I was in the midst of them. It’s happened enough that I am quite happy to stop judging once and for all, for that reason alone. There are other compelling reasons, but do you really need several?

If you want to be prepared for the future, you are best not to limit your options in the present.

11 thoughts on “Unexpected Moments

  1. Joshua

    What elements are important?
    All of them.
    What needs be brought into the Light once seen?
    Seeking to disintegrate through judgment, places one separate from the light, it seeks to compartmentalize and keep things in the dark.
    Seeking to integrate, and bring it all into the light is the best idea for a bright future!
    I’m with you, and require no further proof, thanks for the enlightening perspective!


  2. Steve Ventola

    I love your post and all the comments. If we can see something arising through your blog it is that there are people who are interested to keep their eyes, minds, and hearts open to that which would bring a bright and clear future. May all the world honor the reality of your words!


  3. Vincent

    As you say, this is the central flaw, and also apparently the central theme, of human thinking. Here are the roots of tragedy, misunderstanding and loss of equilibrium on all levels. Seductive and addictive, the fobidden fruit was so designated not to tempt or limit people but to protect them from themselves. Thank you for touching once again on this crucial theme. We don’t need that fruit, and the world desperately needs judgment-free thinking!


  4. Strawberryfield

    I agree. Looking back some of the seeming more routine or innocuous events in my life have proved to be significant junctures while some of the anticipated “turning points” seemed like Epcot theme park, staged to impress but felt somewhat hollow. We really don’t know when something has meaning or not so creating the habit of living well every day will make the difference. I don’t know why this one is so hard for we humans to get hold of. But we can’t say we weren’t warned. Since this makes a huge difference in each individual life, imagine how it would change our collective world. Thanks for your thoughts today .


  5. Alyssa B

    If there is one thing that you could take from all of your posts, I think this would be it. It may seem innocuous or even ,”oh yeah, I know that,” but I know if I were to do this 100% of the time, it would not only change my life, but others as well.


  6. Kai Newell

    Amazing points, Gregg! As a high school teacher it is my most sincere wish to inspire this inclination of non- judgment. I have to live it myself in order to not cut any future blessings (for me or my students) off at the pass. Live each moment as if it means something because it does, and it literally can change our future in ways we wouldn’t ever be able to imagine on our own. Have a great day!


  7. Colin

    There are so many angles to this, and so many reasons to he humble and realize that none of us have the ability to be a perfect judge. I cannot see the reason why another person does anything, the only one I know that about is myself (and I don’t even always know that much), so how can I go about thinking that I understand other people’s motivations? Or more pointedly, how will I know when someone’s motivations have changed? I have been prevented from changing in another person’s mind before, even when I have changed myself, and that is a frustrating feeling. Why would I ever risk doing that to someone else? Two people might do the same thing for two very different reasons, and I would have no idea because I can’t read people’s minds or hearts.
    There are so many reasons not to judge others, and no compelling reasons to do it. It might give you a sense of power to judge another person, but all you are really achieving is wanton destruction, whether you can see it or not.


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