Hi - I'm new to this forum and am hopeful it may become a very valuable resource. It looks very helpful.
My current question is around a work situation. How does one understand the difference between discernment (referred to by the Buddha in the Full Moon Shorter Discourse, which I see as positive) and being judgmental (negative)?
The situation: For 2 years I have been involved part time in an organization whose values I hold dear (environmental sustainability). The head, I have come to see, consistently stretches the truth, tells half-truths, omits key information, works 'creatively' in terms of funding (placing expenses in line items that do not really fit that line item), speaks harshly (literal finger pointing, name calling, etc), and has gained a reputation in town that many people have simply said they cannot work with her.
I see that she has worked on herself to try to improve her interactions with people, and I have wanted to support that.
Now it has been nearly two years and my instinct is to give up, walk away from the organization, and associate with people and organizations grounded in the Dhamma and ethical behavior.
I keep thinking a more skillful practitioner would be able to turn the situation around, and that it is 'good practice' for me. For a time I thought she was making positive changes but recently, as pressures have increased, she is back to her old ways.
Walk away and call it exercising good discernment? Or stay and continue trying to establish a more ethically sound ground in the workplace?