The constant judgment in the world

When the hospital nurse asked Lucy Barton’s mother if she wanted a “gossip” magazine to read, she declined. And, although Lucy took the magazine, she hid it—just in case the doctor came in.

“So, I was like my mother. We did not want to be judged by what we read,” comments Lucy in Elizabeth Strout’s new book My Name Is Lucy Barton.

“But that is how sensitive we were, my mother and I. There is that constant judgment in the world: How are we going to make sure that we do not feel inferior to one another?”

After I read this passage, I thought about how sometimes I fear what other people will think about what I do or say and how sometimes I act a certain way so that they might think more highly of me.

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