Judgment has been a necessary skill in human evolution to make it through survivalism. Your ancestors’ life hinged on their ability to judge things as a potential threat.
But in modern life, you increasingly find yourself having to make non-existential lifestyle choices. Sensory bombardment is incessant. Everything seeks to elicit a value statement from you. You are constantly being asked to judge. What you stand for. Who you are against. What you believe in. What you want. What do I want? is the quintessential question representing the self-absorbed angst of the 21st-century citizen. It’s a far cry from the more conscientious concerns of What am I here to do? or How can I be of service? that – somewhat paradoxically – have characterized old-world thinking. It’s so normal to think judging thoughts, you think you are simply thinking. You think judging is how you navigate life. Nobody questions it, because everybody does it.
But now the judging mentality has reached the end of its usefulness. Or, it has far exceeded it, some might argue. A new social discourse is ready to emerge, focused on creating a world that embraces not just equality, but non-judgment. Non-judgment is the ultimate form of equality. Acknowledging and accepting each other’s differences is still judging. Only non-judgment is blind to differences. Because in your natural state there aren’t any.
Non-judgment is not something that can be agreed upon. It’s a personal transformation. It’s a silent revolution. A new pedigree of connected citizens is in the process of rising into leadership positions. They answer only to their own conscience, for one’s own conscience is the only thing that cannot be corrupted. This new brand of leaders doesn’t lead. They empower. They connect. They hold space. They understand that in the future, everyone is a leader.
Be a leader. Be you.