Ann and I talked this week about the connection between judging and comparing. I said something like "all judging involves comparison". When we judge we either compare something or someone to another version of it or them. When someone "breaks the law" their behavior is compared to standards codified by governments. In beauty pageants and contests like "America's Got Talent" participants are judged against each other. Our ideas of real injustice often embrace this concept. Consider this from philosopher Bertrand Russell:
"In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying."When things happen to us we have a tendency to compare them with things that have happened to us in the past or things that have happened to others. I guess I find this type of comparing to not be very helpful. Even comparing myself to the person that I think that I should be is sometimes a bit discouraging. Perhaps the best form of comparison is the one we make with the past? Am I a better person today when compared with the person I was yesterday?