Judgment: the act or process of forming an opinion or making a decision after careful thought
Judgmental: tending to judge people too quickly and critically
Do you see the enormous difference of definition when you change the ending of those words?
So many people today--especially online--are judgmental. Judgmental to the point that they attack anyone who disagrees with them, dismissing the other person’s position as ridiculous. They mock and scorn whoever they are currently targeting. That is being judgmental.
If you can honestly say that you have done all of that, are you going to then, after all of that careful consideration and thought, jump down someone’s throat or call them out to intentionally cut them down? Are you going to be harsh and heartless with your criticism?
I don’t think you would. I think that you would be able to confidently voice your educated opinion, and discuss your thoughts with people who have opposing views without belittling them. I think that the time you spend questioning and searching out answers will give you a fuller understanding, making those conversations more beneficial to everyone involved.
We judge everything, and we should judge everything! Our ability to function in this world is based on making decisions and opinions about what we come in contact with. What needs to be curbed is the “too quickly” and the “too critically” from the definition of judgmental.
Judgment is how we define who we are, but judgmental just hurts the people around us.