The personal bond of one’s faith becomes the wall which provides the greatest hindrance in achieving unity among people; we’re taught something which provides us with the parameters of our moral understanding and then told that to challenge those boundaries means we will experience suffering to untold degree; this scares people from wanting to know more, it teaches them that being different means being wrong and that those who are “wrong” deserve less compassion or concern than others.
This is how judgment becomes fortified into our system, everybody searches for someone to blame, somebody to be at fault for the experience of their suffering; if nobody can be found to take that blame, then that means we would have to take responsibility for our own suffering. People become engaged in lifetime pursuits of distraction and avoidance to escape the realization of their own culpability, they search for justification and reasoning, trying to figure out why bad things happen, they follow their dogmas and repeat the cyclic rituals of their faith.
In these pursuits people become fearful of exposing their own flawed existence for others to see; they take part in their rituals to provide an external image of righteousness while on the inside they crumble apart from their fears that the inner truth of their life may become exposed; this forms a duality of perception which further fuels their sense of judgment by allowing the mind to project their own suppressed faults and failing on the people that surround them.
Only once one can truly accept themselves can they look at the world without judgment, and only once one can look at the world without judgment can they truly contemplate God.



    Certainly our uniqueness is enough to divide us from our peers by itself. I’d like to think that God is available to me without having to have messages translated through someone more qualified than I am, but that’s what most people are sold.
    Considering the unpredictable ways “bad things” happen and the urge to look for a “reason” why, sometimes the answer is none of the above.
    I’m a believer that as I gain the power to change my own reactions, I can change the qualities of relationships; but that works only to a point. What happens when others are a little scared and suspicious of someone who accepts themselves and is self-contained as you suggest is possible? When motives are a mystery, people tend to assign what is the smallest & meanest out of fears about self-preservation.
    So knowing this state of affairs and not judging it – it’s pro actively useful to state your motives and hope to Gawd you’re listing all of them, right? You can teach by preach or example, but example is the harder way because who can guess beyond their own issues why you’re acting so “strangely.” 😉
    I suspect there’s many more “saints” out there who don’t claim the laurels of suspending judgment and compassionate understanding. Many more than people would imagine.

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