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It's Not the Critic Who Counts

Posted by Denise Daisy on October 27, 2015 at 11:55 AM

The worst thing that has happened to our society of late, and what I believe will be the destruction of our county if not the world, is self-proclaimed critics. It is those, who themselves have never accomplished anything substantial in their life, but sit on their glorified ass and criticize all who try.

Negativity is a powerful force and is a destroyer of everything. There is a reason God says to put a guard over your tongue. He wasn’t exaggerating when he said the tongue has the power of life and death.

As long as we read and re-post the negativity of reviewers, trolls and self-proclaimed critics, death will continually be at the door of everyone’s efforts.

There are those dreamers who work hard in life, tilling their soil, planting their seeds, watering and caring for what they’ve put their hope in, but as soon as a tender green shoot of their efforts break ground, the reviewers cut it off, slashing it to pieces with their critique.

When dreams, ideas, books inventions, songs, performances, art and the like die, because we the masses regard the harsh words of the critic, then these things will cease to exist. Endless negativity has robbed us of something wonderful.

It’s time to start thinking for ourselves and stop being swayed by “others” reviews or comments. I for one cherish my free will to choose. I am an adventurer, exploring this world for myself. I will choose what books to read based on the authors blurb on the jacket cover. If it is of interest to me, I will read it and not allow someone’s poor review dissuade me. I will choose what movies I attend, what music to listen to, who to vote for, and what I believe to be the best choices for my life. It is my belief that we should enjoy our life and inspire others to do the same. Theodore Roosevelt said it best.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

 

― Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

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