The impact of judgment on an individual can be overwhelming, particularly when it comes from a group of people and is directed forcefully at its target. It is often forgotten that energy follows thought, and what we have in our minds about a situation, event or person will impact the object of our belief or thinking. Much harm can be done by careless speculation or negativity.
We can see this demonstrated in the case of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An American subsidiary company, in fact, was responsible for the actuality of what happened, but BP was the organisation that was judged, accused and vilified by millions of people over a period of months. So much hatred and criticism was directed at the company and its people that it is not surprising that senior executives became ill and were driven out of their jobs, and that a once mighty company is humiliated and weak.
It turns out now that the spill was not nearly as bad as was predicted and that the initial assessment by BP of its impact, widely derided at the time, was accurate. Yes, BP has overall responsibility for what occurred and it has declared this, and it would have been preferable for the spill to have never happened, but we can see now that the global judgment and catastrophic expectations were inaccurate, unnecessary and destructive. In hindsight it would have been better if we who observed or those who participated in these events had waited for the truth to emerge before rushing to judgment.
Much damage has been done meanwhile and the repercussions will last far longer than the oil in the Gulf. There may be more yet to unfold in this story, but I for one will do my best not to anticipate what may come later nor be affected by the judgment of others.