Why are we afraid to judge?

Some celebrate our contemporary unwillingness to judge each other as being a way of ensuring we all get along and no one is excluded. But if everyone’s judgements are equally valid, how might we avoid what cultural critic Richard Hoggart described as ‘a world of monstrous and swirling indifferentiation’? Does today’s non-judgementalism lead to a lack of certainty about where we stand on difficult moral, cultural or political issues and an unwillingness to convince others of what we believe? This thought provoking and insightful debate was filmed at the Battle of Ideas festival.

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