The simplest way to describe discernment is that it's the closest we come to seeing life as it is within our human limitations. Judgment is how we use our preferences to cloud what we see, but so often people believe that their judgments are the actual truth. I like to use the example of looking at the sky. The person who is judging may say, "The sky looks ugly." This is unhelpful. You don't know much more about the sky than before, and even if you know this person's preferences for a beautiful sky, you are left at a loss. The person who uses discernment may say, "The sky is full of smog." Here there is no judgment about whether the smog is good or bad, and it allows others to know what is actually there.
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