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You never really understand a person until you consider things
from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin
 and walk around in it. ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

I’ve been reading a lot lately about people judging others.  The topics vary from controversial subjects such as how long a woman should breast-feed to the legalization of gay marriage.  Even my extended family has been under the microscope, judged by people who have not walked in their shoes.  That’s the point here.  Unless we are without fault or lacking our own “stuff” we lug around with us daily (whether visible or not), I don’t believe we have a right to cast judgment on our fellow wo/man.  And without having climbed inside their skin and walked around in it, we cannot possibly know what it’s like to be them, day in and day out.  I haven’t always been as open-minded.  But if I want to be treated the same way, then it stands to reason I should keep my opinions to myself unless speaking out would keep someone from obvious harm.  At any rate, I think we could all use a lot less judgment and a lot more love.

Are you guilty of judging or loving?