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"Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important
as the one we pass on ourselves."
The Six Pillars of Self-
Esteem, by Nathaniel Branden, New York: Bantam Books

Criticism and Constructive Criticism
06/29/2021

Understanding the Gospel of the kingship does not mean that we put on rose colored glasses and see the world through them. In essence, it sharpens our focus and we see people more clearly as both victims and sources of perverse thinking and belief.

There is no reason for us to lose our faculty for critical analysis of whatever we focus on. Naturally, we are going to assess our own activities and behavior, as well as that of others. The challenge comes in not only applying the same standard to others as we apply to ourselves, but of deciding upon a set of principles to apply to both.

When we consider or do a critical analysis of something, of course we are going to end up with either an opinion or a conviction. Our opinion may be equivocal, but either it or any conviction is going to be positive or negative to some degree. We are probably going to make a value judgment, because that's what we do. As children of God we are by nature value judgment making creatures. You CANNOT have values without using them to make judgments about yourself, others, and other things.

Is it not a given that humans in the world are starved for affirmation? Such affirmation does NOT come from nature or our experience of it but ONLY from other humans. When we make a value judgment that is positive–when we approve–should we not then look for a way to affirm the other person? Isn't that the loving, positive, effective thing to do?

An equal challenge ensues when our value judgment is negative, when we disapprove. What then should we do? How then should we do it? Why not do it graciously and constructively?

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