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Judgment is being able and willing to say some ideas or actions are better than others. Good judgment recognizes the risks and benefits of different options and chooses between them. It provides a basis for decision making, a call to action.

Judgment makes sense only in within a set of values or objectives. Because of this, judgment requires clarity about what we are trying to accomplish and why. Only in this context can we weigh possibilities and prioritize them. Judgment recognizes that, at times, to stand for something we have to stand against something. It allows us to say that some paths lead us to a better place and some cause harm.

People who cultivate openness and humility often are wary of judgment, because judgment wrongly applied can be sanctimonious or narrow. But when informed by openness and humility, judgment allows us to move forward.