Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.


If ever there were a time in history for this truism to be evaluated and its implied warning heeded, it would be now.

We are living in a time of massive turmoil, created predominantly on the core issue that Jung describes in today’s aphorism. 

In listening to the testimony of the far right extremists who came before the Jan 6 committee yesterday, they had mobilized entirely because they had made judgements predicated upon the Big Lie. They risked their livelihood and in some cases, lost everything and/or were permanently injured in the course of acting out of judgement, rather than investigating proper information and thinking about what they had read or listened to. If you heard about the Dec 18 meeting at the White House which was characterized as UNHINGED, then you must surmise that we have a serious problem in our country as 49% of their party would still support him for the next presidency.

Taking this out of a political world stage scenario and delivering it to our respective doorstep in which we judge others on a daily basis, we are all subject to judgement and to being judged by others.

Are any of us free of the judgement of others? Mentally, some people can be fully withdrawn from consideration or contemplation of what anyone may think of them. But I would surmise that the majority of us find ourselves judged on a very regular basis, and we are all susceptible to the possibility of feeling the impact of that judgement in one form or another. 

Are we free from judging others? We might like to believe that we are, but I doubt seriously if any of us are entirely free of such a mental exercise. Judgement is inherent in the human condition, and in most living creatures. On some level, even the fight or flight basic response is stemming from a judgement as to what the immediate circumstances might contain. 

Education delivers the opportunity to learn to think. The ability to study other perspectives than those of our own making and to contemplate them above and beyond our initial gut reaction. In complete candor, the only thing that can possibly save the United States at this moment in history, is for enough of our citizens to actually pay attention to what is being revealed in these hearings and to think about how potentially catastrophic the events on Jan 6 were, and how close to a complete breakdown of civilization we came on that day…. And how close to an even worse event we are at this moment of judgement vs. thought.

Happy Wednesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!