Criticism without Cynicism

As a social critic, I often respond or react to current events in nonconstructive ways. While I don’t shout at the TV or contemplate retribution, I do sometimes feel angry, hurt, overwhelmed, and disgusted. These feelings lead me to pick apart ideas, and the people who espouse them, in an effort to deconstruct and discredit. This perpetuates my negative feelings, and the cycle continues.

Other times, I open up my heart and my mind so that I can fully absorb and understand the event. I allow it to penetrate my psyche and infiltrate my intuition. Then I let it go, allowing it to float away and disintegrate. I create space for new ideas to emerge. I imagine what could be possible. Then I get off my meditation cushion sitting ass and do whatever I can to make my beautiful vision a reality.

We can critique our world in constructive, rather than cynical, ways. Emergent history can shift our conscience from pessimism to possibility. We can hope rather than hate, and love instead of languish.

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