Of all my writing, reviews are by far the most difficult to write. They’re not directly helpful to others and they instigate emotional debates. When the score is negative, all I want to do is rush it out the door so I can move on, and when the score is positive there isn’t much criticism happening. So why criticize? Celebrating well-executed things, encouraging improvement, holding people accountable for what they contribute to the world, and…
The world overall is a neutral place.
Going to a good concert is transformative. After seeing Clutch through an inebriated lense, I decided to sober up. Both times I’ve seen GUITAR WOLF inspired me to become a better person. If I hadn’t been enamoured by Motörhead, as my first concert adventure, I wouldn’t be attending concerts today.
Going to a crappy concert is frustrating. I can no longer listen to Everclear or Beck with the same level of pleasure that I could before seeing either live performance While I can still enjoy some of their songs, knowing they don’t give their all to a performance is disappointing.
So we, including myself, must be held accountable for a standard of quality.
Criticism is the checks and balances to ensure that we operate to the best of our ability. I know not everything I’ve uploaded here is my “best work.” I’m still proud enough of my writing to not consider deleting a post, remove sentences, or even edit content for grammatical errors.
I will fix typos and broken links.
In that way, writing criticism might force open the door for criticism of your work further, though just by pushing it out onto the Ether will also invite light criticism. Just existing can cause criticism. It’s unfortunate. We should just be able to explore our creativity in peace, and if people dig it, even better. So why don’t I just let everyone be?
My life will be short even if I live to be 200 years old.
I don’t have the time to sit with inferior products. 30 minutes of my time averted from watching one last episode of a television show I dislike is 30 minutes I can spend working on my goals! Sure, I’ll probably waste 30 minutes throughout this week. Fortunately, with how I’ve structured my life, it’s unlikely I’ll waste over 30 minutes today or tomorrow.
Part of that process is being more critical and decisive.
I can write something off, sell the product, and move on. It won’t take up that space or time in my life. I can always return to it if I read a review that inspires me to assess the mess from a different perspective. I’ve been wrong and will be wrong in the future. I can change my perspectives. My opinions aren’t set in stone.
They’re more guidelines for how I want to live my life.
I have to deal with enough garbage for work. Why should I deal with garbage in my free time?
Why not encourage more good things to happen?