Judgement

These are uncertain times. That is a judgement on my part but not everyone would agree, I know. Are we familiar with uncertainty in the hepatitis C community? Yes we are, is my short answer. But of course it is complicated because there are so many things that can cause uncertainty with hep C.

How do we define judgement?

Uncertain about whether one is at risk, or if diagnosed, what does it mean for our future, and if we can and should seek treatment, and on and on. I am not about to say I have seen it all – because I am certain there will be more twists and turns in the months and years ahead. Should that give us cause for great concern is a question only we can answer on our own, in the context of our own life and experience?

In my view there is very little that is certain, and despite the saying about “death and taxes” being the only things that are certain, there are some things I think we can point to as perceived certainties.
It is certain to me that we will face struggles in our lives, and some people will face greater challenges than others. Even if we cannot predict every outcome with absolute certainty, there are some rules and conventions we can apply.

Good judgement or bad judgement are subjective and are based on those same things that drive beliefs and truths. I know, I am getting a bit esoteric and I do enjoy it sometimes, but this may be a luxury you do not have, given your own life circumstances. If one faces daily challenges like having enough to eat or a safe place to live, access to whatever you need to make it through today, you are not about to indulge in philosophical musing. I get it.

Back to judgement…

It is something we all do in our life. We should practice judgement in my opinion. Judging what is best for you or those you care about is the most important form in my mind. I know, we don’t always make perfect decisions and judgements about the perfect path we should take, I know I have made many mistakes. This is being human, and do I want to be judged by the mistakes I may have made? Of course not, who does? Others judge us whether or not we believe it is fair, sometimes unjustly labeled as a group of people who may be determined by society or those around us as undesirable or as being lesser. This is to me a fact of human behavior, regardless of the origins of our ancestry. I have seen it in every race and culture. If that sounds negative, I am not being negative, just sharing an observation- a judgement.

These types of stereotypical judgements are acutely felt in the area of health. It is evident in diseases unrelated to hepatitis C, but not nearly so firmly entrenched as what I have witnessed with HCV. In my judgement, we need to have health equity, and that means that no matter how little money and resources one has, they should have a safe, respectful and clear pathway to the best outcome, regardless of one’s place on the social ladder. You be the judge of whether it sounds good.

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