Who are we to Judge?
â€œBe kind to people and donâ€™t judge, for you do not know what demons they carry and what battles they are fighting.â€ â€• Vashti Quiroz-VegaOver the past couple of days, there
has been a lot of controversy on Caitlyn Jenner. A copious amount of time
has been spent discussing her decision to become who she wishes to be, be it media
reports, tweets, or Facebook posts(I came across a Facebook post that stated that all who agree with the notion of Caitlyn as a hero to unfriend
the author of the post, luckily he was not my friend because I would not have
thought about it).
In all this, I am awed by
what we as a people have become. What happened to us respecting others free will no matter how much we disagree? When did we replace God and began performing his duty of judgment? I wonder then what will happen on Judgment Day,
as we would have completed all judgment on earth. And more so, did all the
sacrifice and the bloodshed by our forefathers who fought hard for our freedom to live and make independent decisions die in vain?
It seems to me that most people
would have Caitlyn live an unhappy life rather than have her be happy by being
who she wants to be. How sad. What does our attitude towards those whose decisions we disagree with say about our morals, values, and beliefs? We
have had banks admit to have engaged in currency manipulation, dictators kill
innocent civilians in broad daylight, corrupt leaders loot everything including graveyards, ministers steal from the desperate faithful in the name of God,
and so many other evils that nobody seems to care about! But for some
reason, everyone is concerned by someone deciding to live according to their own fulfillment and happiness.
In my opinion, we should always strive
to live and let live. What is the point of living if you are not happy?
Happiness, to me, is of intrinsic value and I believe that no one's opinion, belief,
faith or any other thing should come between a man and his happiness (so long as
it is within the law). I find it ironic that, my entire life, I was
taught never to judge, but the same people who taught me this are the first in line to judge Caitlyn.
The question of whether
Caitlyn is a hero or not should not arise because it opens up all sorts of
rendering judgment, and because I still believe that judgment should ultimately be left to Our Creator, I refuse to get absorbed into that discussion. But with that being said, Caitlyn is an inspiration to many for her courage and exercising her free will to
be who she pleases to be despite all opposition and
accusation she will have to face.
The saddest thing about all
this is, instead of us showing love as we have been commanded, we did the
opposite and rendered all kind of judgment on her. I thoroughly hope that when all our
emotions settle, we will have the opportunity to reexamine ourselves and
Caitlyn, I personally wish you
nothing but the best of luck as you begin your new life.