Does not matter who you are, what position you hold in society or public, criticism for everyone, from public figures to common men, from governments to citizens, exists. The level of criticism depends on the holding positions in hierarchy be it in office, government, society, family, or so on. It is not wrong to say that criticism and positions in the hierarchy are proportional.
Can we sit and count how many times we are criticised? Or would we like to recollect all criticisms we have faced? Obviously not, but we do remember those criticisms which changed our life or decision-making abilities. Not all criticism coming on us are demotivating, actually, I believe criticisms are never demotivating but showing us the other sides of our decisions, propositions, and ideas. It is not personal, criticism is never made on a person but to his/her ideas, relationships, processes, policies, decision-making abilities, foresight, etc.
So, criticism is nothing but the evaluation or correct examination that can occur in any area of human life. To criticise does not mean to finding fault but to mean expressions of an object against prejudices or biasedness irrespective of being positive or negative. It often involves active disagreement and an exploration of the different sides of an issue.
For most of us, criticism is repulsive and indigestible. It may be because of vanity or egoistic admiration of one’s self-image or lack of ability to understand things/situations or being narrow-minded or so many other reasons. Considering to criticise means to oppose is also one of the biggest reasons to mean criticism is repulsive. To criticise means to explore the other side of an issue or determine pros and cons or say what is bad or wrong with something but to oppose means to disagree with something or somebody’s beliefs, actions, or plan and try to change or stop them.
To criticise does not talk about to change something but to find a win-win situation for everyone involved in/for the issue whereas to oppose is just the opposite of it.
“If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.” —Calvin Coolidge
To be critical means, positively, to be well informed, notice tiny details, be a quibble, but negatively it may mean purposely showing something is wrong, false, or objectionable. Criticism is often governed by politeness, decency, and prohibitions like immediate penalties if wrong words or statements are made to defy someone or something.
Nowadays, the definition of criticism has been evolved towards having an objection, stating a dislike, rejecting something. It has now become more attitude and position centric like we may have listened to someone saying I am not in a position to criticise this/that. This is nothing but an approach to detach themselves from the right to criticise. Free and public expression of opinions are pillars of a strong individual and an enriched society as criticism always helps in getting a clear picture of something because exploring tiny details are the key focus.
The Last Corner
Criticism, I believe, is a way of life. We can not separate ourselves from it but we can learn to live with it and improve our lifestyle. It also broadens our thoughts and changes the perspective of analysing before making decisions, sharing ideas, handling issues, and so many such things.