Insights | 28.05.2021
Are you a Critic?
It is not the critic who counts
To quote Theodore Roosevelt:
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.
Criticism is cheap. Anybody can criticise. Creating something of value is significantly more difficult. I’d think twice before insulting somebody on something you haven’t attempted to do yourself. It’s easy for the least athletic people to find a flaw in a professional football players footwork, but overall, isn’t that player the more impressive one? We can easily hear when a singer hits a wrong note, but if we’re tone deaf ourselves, why insult somebody who has worked so hard to sing as well as they do?
If you don’t like something; fix it. Don’t complain about the world. Make it better.