We judge others/situations every day. It's actually a crucial part of life!
While we don't want to be rude in our judgements, they can help us to stay safe, choose our close friends and to exercise our free will to think about people and situations the way we choose.
For example...on my roadtrip up to Minnesota last week, I encountered a janitor at a rest stop. He was cleaning the women's restroom and to my judgement, he smiled a little creepily and was acting a little weird. I did my business and went back to my car where I decided to lock my doors. It was daylight, but there weren't many people around and I'm a small female so my judgment or instincts or whatever told me to play it safe.
While I was getting my Pandora set up (thank you God for Pandora on a 6-8 hour trip!!) and responding to text messages before I headed out, I saw that janitor again. He was doing something with the garbage can right in front of my car. He saw me looking at him and gave a smile and wave. Something seemed off, but I did my best to tell myself that he's just a friendly old man. Don't judge him. Then he walked up to my car, started rapping on my window, told me to roll it down and asked me where I got my toes done. (what the what?)
I quickly judged the situation to be unsafe, said "No!" and backed out as quickly as I could. I really wonder what would have happened had I tried to be polite and roll down my window.
Sometimes judging others is necessary.
But sometimes you just need to have all of the facts and then decide how to think about a situation.
Why am I bringing this up?