Judgments Are Like Knives

by Tom Swift

It’s good to have them.

Try living without them.

Be careful how you wield them.

They can hurt. You. Others.

Both promote — bring about — separation.

Both can serve to protect.

Both can be used to harm.

They are, in specific times and places, both essential.

It’s a good idea to have a place to leave them when you are not using them.

If you carry them with you wherever you go, you might find people, even the ones you like, even the ones who like you, will keep their distance.

It’s not that we have them that should concern us.

Our concern should reside in how we use them.

Sparingly is usually best.

Yet do not fear them. They exist for a reason. They deserve our respect.