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Is it ethical to judge people mostly upon their appearance?

Is judging others ethically bad?

Sophia Caronna

on 22 January 2011

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Is it ethical to judge others based upon physical appearance? Appearance- 1. The state, condition, or manner of style one appears, the outward look or aspect
2. outward impression, indications, or circumstances I typed appearances in a search engine. Appearances Day Spa! Now you know all about how people form opinions and judge others. Now what we're going to explore is how judging by appearance can be horribley wrong. One very good example is racism. What that told me: Our society seems to associate physical attractiveness with a positive appearance. Pretty Ugly Cute Young Lazer Hair Removal!
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Clothing Store! Based on opinions To decide on critically People formulate their opinion with a description in mind;
good, bad, etc. 1. to infer, think, or hold as an opinion; conclude about or assess
2. to form a judgment or opinion of Our culture values beauty and success. . . . Misjudging at its worst: Judging is everywhere in our society. How do people form judgements about others' appearances? People form opinions about others based upon their perception of the person's value. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
-Wayne Dyer No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.

-Napoleon Hill People misjudging others has led to stereotypes. We have been led to believe that men must be tough. That only girls cry. That black people are dangerous. All Muslims are terrorists. Stereotypes are reinforced when people are closed-minded and don't question these opinions. What are judgements? What is a value? Judgement can result in the prejudgement or misjudgement of a person and can even lead to violence. Beliefs, stereotypes and values affect judgement. If you don't have the same beliefs as another person or group, they may judge you accordingly. Fashionable Healthy Cosmetics Stylish Tan Value 1. the ideals of a society toward which the people of the group have an affective regard. These values may be positive, as freedom or education, or negative, as cruelty, crime, or blasphemy. Basically, a value is something that people believe is either important or unimportant, good or bad about another person or group. Why do we judge others based upon appearances, when we know that appearances are just one aspect of an individual's character? Judging others is a way for people to figure out what behaviors, values, and characteristics are considered ideal or undesirable. This judgement can contribute to a person or group's survival. Even when those so admired have done nothing to earn it. Always remember. . . So, is judging itself really a bad thing? Is it unethical to judge others on their appearance?
Or is it cruel? We judge beauty. . . We judge performance. . . We judge each other. . . We judge social status. . . These people, however, prove stereotypes wrong. Gandhi- Powerful and Peaceful Martin Luther King, Jr- Strong in his beliefs and words, and fought with peace, not brutality Gloria Steinem- Powerful female activist for women's rights Judging with an agenda of power can lead to cruelty and unspeakable violence. Judging people based on their appearances reduces the value of the whole person. Therfore, it is definitely NOT ethical to judge others based on appearance alone because we are not always the people others think us to be. We are all inherently valuable. Remember to THINK before making judgements, especially ones concerned with the value of a person. For example, cavemen may have positively judged, or valued others on their ability to hunt and negatively judged their lack of abiltity to hunt. For example, bullying behavior results when a group or an individual decides to pick on another because that person is not perceived as valuable by the bully.
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