“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.