“Do not judge or you too will be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
~ Matthew 7:1-2
It is impossible as a conscious being not to formulate opinions or to categorize independent of the influence of our own unique experiences and emotions. It is what makes us human and it is unavoidable. It is an essential tool of the human conscious which has served us well over time, allowing us to defend ourselves from predators and form groups of like-minded individuals, leading to synergistic progress.
What must be avoided is the tendency for the human being to place firmly an individual into the camps of ‘good’ or ‘bad’, to place irremovable labels on others without allowing those same labels to be objectively edited based on impartial deliberation and new information. This is why first impressions are so valuable, and potentially detrimental. We must train ourselves to properly detach from our emotions — this is a skill that takes time and is not so easily achieved. If one chooses to do so in such a way that denies the utility, or worse yet the existence, of ‘negative’ emotion and opinion, in a way that does not seek to integrate the shadow into the personality, you run the risk of allowing perceived wrongdoing to stand proof of the existence of evil, without considering the imperfections and volatility of the human response. This can lead to resentment and bitterness. We are all capable of evil, and we are all capable of good. There is no line in the sand putting myself or anyone firmly in one camp or the other. Those around us may decide for themselves which camp we reside in based off of our actions and their subsequent interpretation, which is personalized and unique. Whilst some can be pleased, there are bound to be some who aren’t.