Sunday, August 10, 2008

True criticism

To be truly critical is not to be in opposition. Most of us have been trained to oppose and not to criticize. When a man merely opposes, it generally indicates that he has some vested interest which he desires to protect, and that is not deep penetration through critical examination. True criticism lies in trying to understand the full significance of values without the hindrance of defensive reactions.

~ J. Krishnamurti, 20 October 1935

2 comments:

Cyrus Rumi said...

Hi Srini! :)

A very wise observation.

A form of constructive criticism,
with no hidden agendas.

The primary purpose is to achieve greater understanding and awareness. A bilateral process of mutual benefit and gain.

Namaste and peace to you.

Cyrus

Srini said...

Hi Cyrus,

"The primary purpose is to achieve greater understanding and awareness. A bilateral process of mutual benefit and gain."

That's right, that's exactly the purpose of being critical. Such an approach leads to greater understanding and clarity. But if the intent is to prove that you are right and somebody else is wrong, it leads nowhere.

God Bless.