Posted by I'm the penguin | Posted in | Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010

-Judge a person by what they do, but by who they are-

This is a general rule I try to live by. You can only impose judgement and critique over someone's actions and decisions, not their background, ethnicity or any other factors said person had no choice over.

And it makes sense, it is unfair to judge people by the things they can't change, because good or bad, they had nothing to do with it in the first place. But instead we can observe their actions, attitudes and decisions, which are completely made by them, to construct a well made verdict on them.

Here we're considering their actions are a reflection of their personalities, values and experiences.
And so a question arises.
How much of their personalities, value and experiences are truly made or chosen by them?

You can ask anyone and they will tell you your uprise, and thus your education is directly related to the place you were born, and the people who you grew up with. And your experiences too, what you live is partly determined by your surroundings and the other parts are rather random circumstances. So how much of what makes you YOU was not really chosen or made by you.

So what's left?

The character? The natural personality we have since we are children?
How much of that is determined by genetics if we have it since early childhood? Because genes also play an important part of this. Those little things that made you different of your body or your thoughts, and made you grow a little apart from mainstream society one way or the other are also dictated by genes. (most of them at least)

So, at the end of the day what's left for us? What is up for judgement and what isn't?

Where is that so called free will?

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