Who do you Judge?

I read “The Shack” years ago, and more recently re-read it as part of a book/study group. I recently watched the movie, which I thought encapsulated the book really well, in fact better than the book in some ways. It is a story, an allegory of sorts, of human meets the trinity in the midst of tragedy and grief. But whether or not you hold to the christian faith (and if you do, it is refreshing because it breaks down racial and cultural stereotypes that have been distorted and politicised) it doesn’t matter because (for me) teh penultiamte scene is the scene where Mack meets Wisdom (Sophia) and she calls him on blame, projection, and judging. Mack is consumed by grief, anger, and blames God for the death of his daughter. His consuming feelings are destroying his relationships. this excerpt from the movie is powerful in that we are confronted with our desire yet incapability of true judgement. From a Buddhist perspective, it would lean to non-harming and non-attachment.

The point is, we all tend to judge, we all blame, but can we step aside from this? Forgiveness doesn’t bring back the dead or undo the negatives in our lives, but Wisdom asserts that we can transform, simply through forgiveness, which doesn’t change events in the past, but sure gives positive opportunity to move on into the future. This is a must for every justice system, every community group, every family, every individual. Restorative Justice, at its core,  is founded on this principle. When we let go of the bile and hate, when we realise we cannot get better by punishing others or getting revenge, then there is an inner tranformation, which is also lived and shared outwardly. Forgiveness isn’t giving a free kick to someone who has wronged us, it is letting ourselves off the hook of anger and hate, it unblocks us and sets us free to live. I’ll let you know when I’ve perfected the art of not judging, but for now I’m in training.

(Video: Youtube, The Shack, Judgement)




Filed under Alt-Religion, community, life, Philosophy/Theology, Restorative Justice, Spirituality

8 responses to “Who do you Judge?

  1. lou rasmus

    hard to forgive and not judge. never been my strong suit. so goodluck haha

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  2. very hard but most beneficial … understanding karma is very reassuring, enables forgiveness from the heart! Good post Paul

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  3. Still working on it. tough to do, but when you lie awake at night with the rages of stupidity for acting/failing to act, it does cross the mind. Would the anger be there if I forgave? Can I forgive myself as a first step? It’s too late to go back to change things that happened, but should I carry that baggage, should I allow myself to be dragged down by those emotions until I die? Will that achieve anything?
    So, first I work on being able to forgive myself.
    then I’ll think about the next step.
    Thank you.

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  4. I’m mostly very appreciative of this. Of course, though, there’s complexity in this that can go deeper than what ideals can offer (but where intelligent prudence — and keen understanding — is a decent thing). The zebra who forgives the lion (after the first incident) is usually a very dead zebra.

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