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Monday, June 14, 2004

Look In The Mirror 

"We discover in ourselves what others
hide from us and we recognize in others
what we hide from ourselves."

- Vauvenargues

How quick are we to judge in others what we fail to truly see (or admit to) in ourselves?    Perhaps the very reason we are so judgmental of the other person is because we (subconsciously) recognize our own weakness, and do not like what we see.

"Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

- Carl Jung

It is when we are willing to turn the mirror on ourselves

and are willing to take a closer look at every detail that reflects back to us, that we will then be more "in-tune" with our true SELF!

I "try" to be non-judgmental, and attempt to be accepting of everyone, until they give me reason not to be.    But, there are just some people who make it difficult to offer the benefit-of-the-doubt in everyday situations.    Rudeness, negativity, narrow-mindedness, racism, bigotry, prejudices, elitism, self-centeredness, blatant attempts at evoking pity and/or attention, hypochondriacs, and a laundry-list of other "bad traits" do not rank high on my tolerability meter.    I've never been one to judge on superficial things such as race, sex, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or other such "labels" that are so easily tossed about and used to pigeon-hole people.    My "judging," if you will, comes when faced with negative (and offensive) personality traits, not genetic or chosen associations.

I consider myself quite a tolerable person, overall.    I only wish more people could be the same way.

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