Criticism to Critical Thinking (Idols to Symbols)

  • Criticism condemns what it doesn’t understand/Critique asks for clarification
  • Criticism is spoken with a cruel wit and sarcastic tongue/Critique’s voice is kind, honest, and objective
  • Criticism is negative/Critique is positive (even about what isn’t working)
  • Criticism is vague and general/Critique is concrete and specific
  • Criticism has no sense of humor/Critique insists on laughter, too
  • Criticism attacks the person/Critique addresses the work that is before you.
  • For religious people, it is good to ask whether our statues are symbols (pointing to God) or idols (Statue is God itself).
  1. To stop converting symbols into idols. (Don’t equate one facet of a person/organization/country with that person/organization/county. Respect the multi-faceted nature).
  2. A culture of criticisms to a Culture of Critical thinking.
  3. Start Thinking…. especially in matters related to politics and religion and take active part.

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..