Finding your inner artist, day 25: About criticising others

Today’s quote:

If you have time to judge other people, you have way too much time on your hands. Get off your ass and do something meaningful. ~ Shane Gibson

This is a follow-on to yesterday’s post:

Critique is important. It helps us to grow, and it is part of the learning process. However, it should always be constructive. It also needs to serve a purpose. I sometimes cannot help but wonder where the purpose is if I look around (social) media and the Internet:

Artists criticise other artists, musicians criticise other musicians. Often, the person in question is not really addressed; the critique is just thrown out there – to whom exactly? We are all guilty of this occasionally, but some people really don’t seem to do anything else. There are even some who are so fixated on criticising one particular artist/singer/insert-term-of-choice that you really start to wonder if there is an element of either jealousy or trying to make themselves look better involved (which ultimately just makes them look bad).

Let’s not waste our time on petty things like that. It’s better to spend that time on furthering our own artistic careers. Apart from that, it is spending time with negativity. It really helps no one. The old saying holds some water:

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t criticise. Think about whom, why and what you are criticising however, and whether your critique helps other people to grow, or if you just do it to make yourself feel better…

© Petra Raspel 2013

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