On Being Critical
I am not perfect. Because I am not so, I have held myself back over the years, believing that I have to be so before I will step out and call myself...
Perhaps that is my downfall. I hesitate to take the leap, because I was taught by a family, church, and a society that there things were black or white, wrong or right, this or that. It is no wonder that I chose to join the military, which in 1973 was not amenable to questioning authority, or thinking outside the system. I have continued to gravitation to situations (and people) that support those values and processes.
Unfortunately, I am someone who questions, thinks, and wants to explore.
Yes, so it seems, because even among those who call themselves "innovators," or our "future leaders," as they enter the world and I am on my way out, I am seen in a way that will prompt others to exclude rather than include.
I see that people, even when they think they are more open-minded, innovative, fair, and inclusive, there is still a standard by which they will judge others.
And yes, even I do it, which drives me crazy to admit. I can be as critical of others, as I see the inequities in someone else's behavior.
The situation that brings this to my attention is that I read three new articles on another site, all by the same writer.
Truth be told, I hold the CEO of Bubblews, Arvind Dixit, to a different standard than that which I might hold another of the same age who would submit something written for review. I am annoyed by his mistakes in spelling, grammar, and lack of cohesiveness.
There is also an underlying distrust, on my part, for anything that he has written. Perhaps, I am not as fair as I would like to believe I am.
But neither is Mr. Dixit as fair or open-minded in how he deals with situations, when accounts are deleted for violating rules for being "unfair" without explanation. There is no discussion or seeking first to understand. I have seen this happen to many I know, though it has not (yet) happened to me.
And yet, life continues for us all.
© Coral Levang, 2015
Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/criticism-recycling-criticism-shame-440219/ by johnhain