I've seen a lot of conversations lately that go along the lines of:
Person 1: Your lifestyle is dumb and you're a stupid face
Person 2: I'm offended! How dare you judge me?!
Person 1: I'm not judging, it's just my opinion
What's the difference between having an opinion and judging someone? In my opinion, there is a distinct line between the two:
Opinion: Roses smell bad
Judgement: Because you like roses, you have poor taste
The judging part comes in when it stops being an abstract thought and is directed at someone. I think people like to say "It's just my opinion" because it makes them feel better. But that doesn't change anything. We're human, we have opinions, and we judge people based on them. I'll be the first to admit it. I judge people all of the time. ALL. THE. TIME.
- If you wear leggings for pants, I believe you are stupid, and you look like a hussy.
- If you dress warmly, yet your toddler is wearing capris and a tank top and it is 30 degrees, I think you're a bad parent.
- If you answer "I don't know" to nearly every question I ask you, I think you're mentally challenged.
- If you bash a woman for breastfeeding, then claim your superiority because you're no longer eating preservatives, I think you're uniformed and a jackass.
- If you harp on how bad someone else's life is, but make no effort to improve your own, you are negative energy and not worth my time.
- If you are quick to condemn someone else for sinning a different way than you do, yet holler and scream when someone "Judges" you, you need to reevaluate your life. Yes, the whole thing.
- If you believe there's a conspiracy against you, but have not done a single, solitary thing that would warrant someone paying enough attention to you, to even think of a conspiracy to form against you in the first place, you need to get over yourself and grow up. No one is conspiring against you. You are not that special.