Useful Criticism

Every idea probably deserves some criticism. Because it’s coming from an imperfect source: a human being.

But there’s a point at which criticism can be taken too far. When it stops being about determining the truth through thoughtful discussion or research. When it becomes cynicism, rather than criticism. When the critic thinks they already know everything. Or when they fear being decisive. Or when they refuse to understand.

Criticism is important. We should even criticize our own thoughts and we should welcome some feedback from other people. But we don’t have to put up with cynicism or abuse.

Look for the truth, wherever it can be found. Be thankful when you find it. Even when it comes from a critic.

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