Thought #14. Freedom (not of judgment)

Living is not easy. As long as you are still alive, you had better be ready to make very tough decisions every now and again. When complications arise, some individuals are prone to bury their head in the sand.

You can effortlessly draw a parallel between this behaviour and cowardice, to say the least, but then your comparison would be tantamount to the absurd. From my point of view, more often than not you will have to resort to a bit of imagination if you really want to show sound judgment. Being shrewd enough not to take a dim view of your fellow’s way of tackling problems is again not easy.

Freedom of speech and freedom of thought would have been unthinkable two generations ago. Now that we have these rights, we must be cautious and vigilant about coming to hasty conclusions when assessing whether someone has acted badly or not. That is easier said than done. Luckily, practice makes perfect.