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The Proverbial Mirror

            "The world is full of judgment-days, .
             and into every assembly that a man enters, .
             Since the dawn of time humans have judged and condemned others. People have continually judged race, social order, and religion. Realistically, who is to say what religious sanction, color of your skin, social income or status is better than another? Many hide behind a mask of fear for the unknown.
             Since the time of Christ this has been considered a form of spiritual sin; a wall keeping us from the truth. As Jesus said, "Stop judging others and you will not be judged. For others will treat you as you treat them." "Why worry about the speck in your friends eye, when you have a log in your own." The actions we take against others can be due to a lack of security in ourselves. However, that is not to say that self-assurance and security will relieve the temptation to judge. No, judgment is human nature. But then aren't guilt, revenge, shame, and resentment? As Mother Theresa so gently put it "if you judge people you have no time to love them." .
             Even today, years after the abolishment of slavery, the writing of the Constitution, and the world-moving speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., we still find ourselves pointing fingers at others out of fear and a misunderstanding of why they are so "different" in their beliefs and ideals. .
             One tool we can use is the mirror of life. When we see shortcomings in others and are tempted to judge, are we really looking at things about ourselves that we dislike? This humbling information can be used to work on our own shortcomings and faults. In the future may we all heed the wise words of Jean Cocteau, "Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images." .

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