John Kavanaugh Article Analysis

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Don’t judge a book by its cover! I like to repeat this saying in my head when I catch myself judging others too often. While reading this article, I thought of this saying again. The author of this article, John Kavanaugh, wrote how one should only leave judging up to God or in other words there comes a time and a place for judgment. There are all different types of judgments; good, bad, sound, or reasoned. It matters how one choses to judge someone or something in everyday life. Am I helping someone out or am I tearing someone down? Kavanaugh describes how one unconsciously judges others when one doesn’t realize it. Realistically, it is impossible to escape judgment and if one “refrain from such judgments is to betray our intelligences” (Kavanaugh …show more content…
I never personally viewed judging something as a commitment. As I read further into this article, I thought, when I make a judgment I am committed to that value or belief in my life. For example, this summer I saw a very pregnant women smoking. Sadly, I judged her hard core for what she was doing to her baby in her belly. Now, I realize my judgment of seeing a pregnant women goes to show that I am committed to never smoking and want others to carry out a healthy pregnancy term. Judgments are just a way I can show how smart I am or an insight of my intelligence. If I would carry on my life without any judgments then I would live such a nonchalant life. I would have no passion in my life for items; there would be no interest. When I think of the word commitment, I often think of a committed couple. The couple obviously made judgments towards each other when they first met each other. As they date each other they make judgments about the other person like if they are caring or respecting the other’s values. This just shows if I am committed to life, then I am guaranteed to have judgments along the …show more content…
The ethics of moral theology is commonly described as “the nature of the good” (Gula 11). Typically, a person would view judgment as the nature of the bad and something unethical for a Christian to do. However, this article describes judgment as an essential act in life. Granted, judgments can be used negatively but there is also good that comes from this action. Judgments are impossible to escape in life, and how I chose to act out a judgment will depend on my moral ethics. Making positive judgments and pertaining to those that will better others is how I want to become a better

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