Don’t let the title of this piece fool you, it is not a criticism of criticism itself, but a reasoning for reasonable criticism.
Often in life we are faced with choices, sometimes we are forced to deal with the consequences of those choices. Some time ago, this nation decided, based upon a lie- something most bad choices are based upon -to no longer think critically about certain choices. The result of allowed a trickle has resulted in a steady stream and soon will bring down the whole dam. (I am going to attempt to speak as generally as possible because I want to attempt and address many issues at once because the same reasoning seems to apply to all of them.)
The truth has a cleansing effect: when situations are brought into the light of day, dealt with openly and honestly, reasonable people, I often hope there are an abundance of them, look at these issues and go in another direction. But I must define what I mean when I say “reasonable people”.
A reasonable person is most correctly defined as a resolutely compassionate person, they suffer in their considerations hoping to make a correct resolution. A reasonable person IS NOT a sentimental person, not hung on the nail of momentary emotions which change with the wind. So many people today are sentimental, they desire to feel good or to feel free, but in doing so they often end in places where they often feel worse than before or more enslaved than before, because they followed their feelings more than acute reason.
Often the appeal made by the sentimental to those who would rather be governed by wisdom is one of ease, “Wouldn’t it be easier if…” and they insert a predilection accompanied by emotional appeal such as happiness, to which they add, “isn’t that reasonable?” That makes a fatal assumption that “happiness” is somehow the end and whatever means to achieve it are justifiable in life. It fails to address the fact that such a thing is defined differently by every person, unless they reach some consensus, or have a different goal presented that drives them. Reasonable people search diligently for that objective and certain goal, and after finding it try desperately to convince others of it.