Guilt and judgement

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Guilt and judgement

Postby 51sth » Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:22 pm

Is guilt always a form of judgement? How could these two be related or not?
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Re: Guilt and judgement

Postby DavidB » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:31 am

Guilt is an emotion.

Judgment, or in this context, moral Judgment, is to differentiate or discriminate moral value.

There is nothing inherently wrong with judgement, differentiation nor discrimination, all healthy and necessary to navigating through daily experience.

The emotion of guilt however, is an unhealthy emotional reaction to a given situation, where one recognizes an infraction of a moral standard, which then usually leads to shame, embarrassment, self condemnation, self pity, self punishment, and even self immolation. All unnecessary and counterproductive uses of energies.

What most people are unaware of, is that moral value is closely associated with virtue. Virtue are those human characteristics which lead to excellence. Conversely, vice are those human characteristics which inhibit excellence. In the bible for example, vice is usually described as sin, and virtuous excellence are those characteristics which bring one closer to god or righteousness.

What differentiates most cultures from each other, are the different moral values, the virtues which are perceived as being morally excellent, and also those virtues which are neglected. In Islam for example, the virtues of honor and sacrifice are usually prized above all other virtue and are perceived as being the most excellent, bringing one closer to Allah. Usually however, this leads to blind faith, consequently neglecting or an under appreciation of both compassion and empathy.

Virtue rarely exists in isolation and usually needs to be accompanied by complimentary virtues, such as tolerance and integrity for example. If tolerance has no integrity, it will collapse and fail.

To understand the human character then, it is really vital to understand human virtue, how they relate to perceived moral value and consequently to culture in general. Discrimination for example, is a virtue that has in our modern culture at least, become perceived as being of little value, even reviled, where in reality, discrimination is a necessary characteristic needed to enable a healthy awareness of choices and benefits. Without judgement, we have no means of differentiation, no way to decide what is of value and what is not.

Here is a list of some of the virtues:

Acceptance
Accountability
Ambition
Assertiveness
Beauty
Benevolence
Bravery
Caring
Charity
Chastity
Caution
Cleanliness
Commitment
Compassion
Confidence
Consideration
Contentment
Cooperation
Courage
Courtesy
Creativity
Curiosity
Defiance
Dependability
Detachment
Determination
Devotion
Diligence
Discernment
Discretion
Discipline
Eloquence
Empathy
Enthusiasm
Excellence
Faith
Faithfulness
Flexibility
Focus
Forbearance
Forgiveness
Fortitude
Friendliness
Frugality
Generosity
Gentleness
Grace
Gratitude
Helpfulness
Honesty
Honor
Hope
Humbleness
Humility
Humor
Idealism
Integrity
Impartiality
Industry
Innocence
Joyfulness
Justice
Kindness
Knowledge
Liberality
Love
Loyalty
Magnanimity
Majesty
Meekness
Mercy
Moderation
Modesty
Obedience
Openness
Orderliness
Patience
Peace
Perseverance
Persistence
Piety
Prudence
Punctuality
Purity
Purposefulness
Reliability
Resoluteness
Resourcefulness
Respect
Responsibility
Restraint
Reverence
Righteousness
Selflessness
Self-sacrifice
Service
Sensitivity
Silence
Simplicity
Sincerity
Sobriety
Spontaneity
Steadfastness
Strength
Tact
Temperance
Thankfulness
Thrift
Tolerance
Toughness
Tranquility
Trust
Trustworthiness
Truthfulness
Understanding
Unity
Vitality
Wisdom
Wonder
Zeal
“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, Love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves.” ― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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