I think criticizing is probably the most basic reaction any of us can have to something we find undesirable, disagreeable or otherwise counter to our own personal culture.
We use criticism at work, at home, in politics, with religion, etc. etc.
Some criticisms are brilliant to be sure; crafty webs of words that dig into the subject like an ice-cream scoop in melting butter. Like this parody my SIL turned me on to earlier today. I can't wait for my iPad, but this is hilarious.
Some are barely above slobbering grunts.
But I’m talking about the decision to criticize as being simple-minded, not necessarily the criticism itself. That moment when the switch is thrown, before a single word of negative reaction can be shared, I think is at the lowest level of human interaction.
Criticism is basic because it’s absolutely unproductive in the end, save maybe the hue and crier getting his or her rocks off. If you agree with the criticism you may raise your hand in salute or bark a hard laugh. If you disagree you may argue your point or fume through a myriad of internal, angry conversations.
Has criticism changed your mind much?
By the way, before anyone thinks to post a comment about casting stones, I am right up there with everyone else. When my critical tongue gets going, there’s little that can stop it.
There are some who don’t. Although if said person replaces criticism with condescension, he’s not off the hook. That’s just as bad, maybe worse.
If it’s not productive, not persuasive and not kind, then why do it?
Do you criticize many people, places, things or other nouns?
Have you ever thought about why?
Posted by Casey Freeland at 21:55