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Are you passing judgement or do you have an opinon? Do you know how to use those words?

I notice, around here, that if a person doesn't like the answer given they tend to accuse the commenter of being judgmental, like it's a bad thing. Yet asking for an opinion is a good thing. Based on the definitions below, if a person has passed judgment on something it means that they have enough knowledge and experience to have a credible answer. It's the opinion that calls for speculation based on assumed information.

a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, esp. in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment.

Also, isn't just a little hypocritical to complain that someone is being judgmental (opinionated) and then be judgmental (opinionated) about their answer? This site is a treasure trove of dichotomy. <<< My Opinion


Asked by Anonymous at 3:06 PM on Jan. 31, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • You can pass judgement on someone even through ignorance. Like if someone walks in front of me in ratty clothes, greasy hair, and smells of motor oil I could say "That person is poor and probably dumpster dives." That's passing judgement through ignorance. When in reality that person could live in a mansion, be the daughter of millionaires, and simply is a mechanic that hasn't had time to take a shower all day.

    When we're reading people's comments on here we don't know the details of every situation, even if the situation is explained. Therefore, we're passing judgement through our opinions. Every bit of "Advice" we give is an opinion based on an ignorant judgement we've already made about that person's question.

    People who accuse people of being judgemental in their answers are simply defending themselves. They are looking for people to agree with them, not to advice them. That's all.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 4:28 PM on Jan. 31, 2010