Judgment and Objectivity

GavelRecently, I have been talking about analysis quite frequently.

I enjoy the topic. But I find that if I do not keep myself in check, I can get carried away with the collecting, analyzing and peripheral activities that come along with it.

Judging is one of those peripheral activities.

Since I have a better understanding of how I spend my time, I feel as if I have more control over how I spend it. And if I have the ability to choose how I spend my time, I automatically judge if one way of spending my time is better than another.

This goes against a fundamental principle found in both science and mindfulness: objectivity.

We are trying to understand the world in a way that is independent of the observer. These biases, judgments and opinions can get in the way of fully understanding what we are observing.

I mentioned this common trait in a post I wrote over a year ago: Universal Loving Kindness.

Mindfulness wants to let you see the world as it truly is, regardless of how you think the world should be. Science is exactly the same.

I recognize the need to make judgments. There is no way to get away from them. They guide me in the direction I want to take in life.

However, there must be a clear separation between the observation and judgment. And I must be mindful of which one I am practicing at all times.

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