Ah the irony, the double standards, maybe even the hypocrisy…
We are all critics. No justification is needed when we criticise something that is blatantly wrong, immoral, potentially dangerous or in need of considered attention.
Taking it all up a few notches, criticism becomes activism. There’s not a person on this planet that doesn’t believe in at least one cause.
We have the polarisation that’s going on in the world at the moment. Conservatism and liberalism. Personal responsibility weighed against (universally in America) systemic racism. It’s no one’s fault but their’s.
No, my friends, this is a diatribe against a specific kind of critic. The one whose sole aim in life is to criticise others, and through that to leave personal awareness, personal responsibility and creativity outside the bedroom door.
There’s no limit, none, to the list of things even critics of critics could set about. I do remember the days when “news” was the actual reporting of things that had happened.
As we know these days, there is speculation about the news, “breaking” news, delivery of an all too obvious agenda through the “news”, discussion and often character assassination of those who “make” the “news” and blatant lies through what is revealed and what is concealed. Criticism has become a way of life.
Let’s get back to the bedroom warrior. I occasionally look at the thumbs up/thumbs down count on YouTube/Rumble videos. I think I have, but I can’t remember when, “disliked” a video. If I don’t like it, I don’t watch it. If I watch it, I either like it or feel neutral about it.
God knows how long ago, when creating and posting videos, I always (and to this day) disable comments. I cannot waste my life arguing with or being irritated or offended by the bedroom critic.
Stuff I’ve done in the past, along with my wife Anne, has received getting on for 500,000 views. Recently, I’m lucky if I get past 20! And I smile. Almost everything I’m doing at the moment is a safety valve, a whimsy, an indulgence. Fear and ignorance fuel what people watch during the Covid era. Or they just may be crap videos. I wish I cared.
So in closing, I’m probably writing this because it’s been a month since the last one, and the word “critic” just popped up in my head last night as I was entering a Theta state.
The bedroom warriors won’t read this, and you know what would happen if they did.
Create something yourself, forget the permanently oppressed/depressed, and step out into nature. There is far less you can criticise when it comes to trees, fields, grass, shrubs and the big blue sky.
Unless it’s covered in Chemtrails.
Have a fabulous day, whatever the weather. Namaste.
Jack Stewart, March 8, 2021.