judg·ment noun \ˈjəj-mənt\

  • a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion b : an opinion so pronounced
  • a : a formal decision given by a court b (1) : an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court (2) : a certificate evidencing such a decree
  • a: capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
  • a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
  • b : an opinion or estimate so formed
  • a : the capacity for judging : discernment b : the exercise of this capacity
  • a: a proposition stating something believed or asserted

Lately I've been thinking just how much this affects my life and society's at large. From an evolutionary perspective it can be very handy to be able to judge another's character or intentions, but I wonder how much of it we really need.

According to Carl Jung, "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." As humans we are always searching for self-definition and we often do this by comparing ourselves with others. It seems that judgment can become a way of elevating our egos or increasing our 'psychological survival' rather than surviving as a species.