- If I criticize more than I praise, what does that say about me?
- What does it say about the state of my soul?
- Why is it, that often, not always, but often, the people who are the most critical are the least capable of facing criticism?
- Here's another way of saying it, why are the most-opinionated, the least capable of dealing with criticism.
- Is criticism just "low-hanging fruit"? What I mean is that often, what I see done in the name of criticism, is just an attempt to appear intellectual or superior, but the truth is, most well-reasoned criticism are from people who write books and published articles, where people pay $$ to hear what they think. Usually, they don't write blog posts.
- If I just blast someone or something in a post, how is it beneficial? (I know I've been guilty of this in the past, but I'm wrestling with the idea.) What does it really accomplish?
- Is there a difference between being critical and "constructive engagement," with an idea you may totally disagree with?
- Does how I respond to people who disagree with me say something about the state of my soul? Or is it just a maturity thing? Or is it neither?
- What if they're mean and unfair?
- Rob Bell likes to talk about "binding and loosing." Isn't disagreeing with his book really the semi-ugly process of binding and loosing? I know that Rob is really offended by the ad hominem criticism, as he should be, but the real criticisms, are valid and good, even if you don't ultimately agree.
- If I can't handle criticism -- if it bothers me to the core and I can't let it go -- then maybe I shouldn't post things or write things or speak publicly -- because honestly, once it's out there -- people will respond, like it or not, and frankly, you willingly put it out there.
- I guess the real question I have had to ask myself in the past is, "where does my self-perception and awareness come from?" -- my critics, or my Creator?
I have some answers, at least ones I can live with for most of these...but it would be a much-too-long post (it's already a little too long)!
Yes...the title of this post is from a U2 song -- Van Diemen's Land -- off of Rattle and Hum