A Chat on Criticism

S: Stonepeace said, ‘One who says many to be evil might be the one most evil.’ (常说人人不好的人可能是最不好的人.) Is the monkey that points at evil instead of seeing, hearing and saying nothing about evil always evil?

C: 某些反對黨常説執政黨不好可能是最不好的黨?哈哈!而執政黨常説反對黨不好也可能是最不好的黨?嘿嘿!最好無黨派之分,大家都存好心,常説好話,做好事!

L: ‘Look at yourself in the mirror before speaking ill of others.’


S: Hmmm… Guess it’s not ‘politically correct’ for each side to sing the other’s praises… at the possible expense of lowering their own worth in citizens’ eyes. However, excess self-praise also makes citizens more wary of the true worth of th…at praised too. Each side should just praise where praise is due. It’s the duty of the opposition to look for flaws, for improvement… just as it is the duty of the non-opposition to open their minds to really hear their concerns, for the same goal of improvement.

The right motivation in politics must be for improvement to benefit citizens instead of only self-profit or demonisation of anyone who opposes. Reality is realised from seeing both the bright and the dark sides. While we tend to see only one side, may we not forget there’s another. 讨论是非者,不为分辨是非,止恶行善,即是非人!

From Heraclitus, a paradox about the nature of opposing – ‘Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.’ As such, it’s not always bad to oppose, as it is often mistaken. It doesn’t have to be antagonistic. In fact, t…o oppose for the greater good is always good. Some public demonstrations turn antagonistic not because of their cause, but because their cause for greater good is ignored. If our criticism is not constructive, it is usually destructive, and rarely neutral. It takes skill to oppose with compassion and wisdom!

2 thoughts on “A Chat on Criticism

  1. We can be thankful when the “evil” monkey points at us to show us our faults. It may be their kamma to point out the faults in others so they can work on them. Hopefully the evil pointer will one day see his own faults to carefully work on his. Sometimes we have to see the faults in other to see our own.


  2. Evil monkeys can do ‘good’ then!

    (No one is destined to point out others’ faults; it’s always a choice taken.)



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