Following years of searching every golf course in America to find the “real killers” of his ex-wife and her friend; Orenthal James Simpson has secured residence at theLovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, NV. After his murder acquittal he was convicted of a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping.
In an absurd irony, less than two years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of violently murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman he was found financially responsible for the same crime in a civil suit to the tune of $33.5 million. He has so far been able to pay little to the Goldman family what with his exorbitant legal fees, countless green fees and current underemployment status.
Judgment can be so subjective and controversial that one wonders why we engage in it with such frequency. The truth is that we all desire to be judged. That’s right, you heard me, we want to be judged. The reason that we wear what we wear, cut our hair or put on make-up is because the opinion of those around us matters to us. Paradoxically, we prefer judgment of our appearance over our actions and yet it is for our actions that we most need judgment (Read “accountability”).
The critical reality of judgment is that we need others to render regular assessments or observations of us in order to grow spiritually, professionally even physically. Honest self-evaluation will reveal that we can be blinded to many of our deficiencies. We are usually the last to be aware that we have gained ten pounds, missed significant work time or verbally mistreated another individual.
We are all unavoidably being judged daily. What we can determine is which “judges” we will heed in our personal growth process. The primary value of a judgment is predicated on the influence of the one who renders the judgment. The jury in his murder trial delivered the only judgment that mattered to Simpson while the jury of public opinion is of little consequence to him.
I find judging people with whom I have no responsibility, relationship or accountability pointless and yet I generate such adjudications with regularity. Whenever we sit behind the steering wheel of a car we pick up a gavel and don a black robe. Someone who commits a traffic infraction or simply a traffic inconvenience to us is determined to be intellectually challenged and not worthy to share the air that we breathe. With this in mind let us acknowledge and even accept the fact that we are constantly being judged by impotent justices and be at peace with our efforts to be the best individuals and citizens that we can be.
At the same time may we not only heed but actively seek out the assessment and yes, judgment, of respected friends, colleagues and authorities in order to fulfill our highest potential for the good of our life, community and all who live in it…no matter what manner of dolts they all may be.