Lately, I have found quotes by Albert Camus to provide inspiration for my posts. Today, two Camus quotes just seem right to consider together –
“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.” ― Albert Camus
and “Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.” ― Albert Camus
It seems to me that the basis of prejudice is judgement – the thought that something different isn’t right and thus must be feared. Fear is the underlying cause of prejudice. Just the fact that it is considered to be “not right” is a prejudice. There is often no intrinsic right or wrong in something, just one’s perception of it as being right or wrong. That perception is your personal judgement.
Today’s post title if from Matthew 7, 1:3 which goes on to say “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
I think that is what Camus is alluding to in the second quote. We should live as if our behavior is judged by God every day.
So, if one is not to judge others, what is one to do? There is guidance for that later in Matthew 12 –
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Do we ever really stop and ask ourselves, “What would I have others do to me in this situation?” Probably not until after the fact, when guilt sets for some action that we have taken or words that we have said.
Perhaps we need to reinforce each morning the caution against being judgmental by adding to our prayers just that single line from Matthew 7 and asking God to help you judge not, lest you be judged.
Try to imagine a day without judgements, without prejudices and pre-conceived notions. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful day? Now, see if you can go out and live that day.