senseless musing — Happy New Year

How can one be both an impartial judge and an active participant?  Does objectivity (as much as it is possible) require that one remove oneself to an ivory tower?  If one is no longer an active participant, how does one make up for the loss of that perspective while aiming to make fair judgments?  What if underlying conditions in which one is an impartial judge vs. an active participant are so different that they are actually two different worlds.  Thus, what may be valid for one world may not necessarily be valid or cogent for the other.  If so, then it seems fruitless for one to attempt to become an impartial observer of human events by disengaging oneself.