By J. Agustin S. Dizon
A commonly accepted meaning of criticism is "fault-tending or occupation of a
In life, often than not we encounter numerous critics. The reason perhaps is that it is
so easy to be critical although most critics cannot come up with constructive alternatives.
A writer Francois Fevelon puts it succinctly when he said "It is our own imperfection
which makes us reprove the imperfection of others - a sharp - sighted self- love of our own which
cannot pardon the self-love of others.
It is a hornbook rule for critics to know that the only way to live happily with people
is to overlook their faults and admire their virtues.
As a rule, criticism can be avoided easily if only we say nothing, do nothing and being
nothing. But this kind of behavior can hardly be done although possible.
A great number of psychologists are of the view that the best way to make a man
your enemy is to tell simply, "you are wrong". This method works well every time.
If at all, criticism is to be hurled on any person, the critic should have the heart to
help. The goal of one's criticism should be to leave the person criticized with the feeling that he's been
helped; otherwise, criticism cannot be justified in any manner.
A critical person who has aspiration for greatness ought to take cognizance of the fact
that in the history of mankind, no statute has ever been erected to honor a critic in remembrance of his
criticisms against fellow human beings.
Those who find themselves ridiculed by criticisms may find solace in the truth that
to be ridiculed may give us communion with the Lord Jesus Christ but to ridicule others will place us
in fellowship with his persecutors. During His calvary, He was immeasurably ridiculed and
It can well be said that what the world needs from ages to ages and throughout
human history are persons who can overlook their brothers' and sisters' fault as easily as they do
their own. It would be nice if we could find wealth as easily as we find fault. We would all be
To those who have a penchant for criticizing others, it would be good and beneficial
for them to heed the advice of the writer John Wanamaker who said "whatever you have to say to
people be sure to say it in words that will cause them to smile and you will be on pretty safe ground.
And when you do find it necessary to criticize someone put your criticism in the form of a question
which the other fellow is practically sure to have to answer in a manner that he becomes his own
In human history, it has been recorded that great minds have always encountered
violent criticisms from mediocre minds. Usually, the critics are lesser mortals than those they
criticize. And when it can be said that they belittle others, they are just trying to cut them down to
As many would agree, no one can live in this world without being blamed and
criticized by others. People blame others for their silence. They blame those who talked too much and
those who talked in moderation. There is therefore no one in this world that is not blamed. In fact,
there never was, nor will there be anyone who is wholly blamed or wholly praised.
The writer of this article, who had served as a trial judge for 35 long years, prior to
his appointment to the Court of Appeals would say that in the dispensation of justice, those engaged
in its ministry like judges and justices are often made the objects of unfounded, unfair and malicious
criticisms that tend to erode the people's faith and trust in them. As victims of unjust criticisms,
nothing can assuage them except the balm of a clean conscience. Verily, I am of the view that any
unfair criticism hurled against righteous judges and justices will bounce back to their critics who
ultimately will be made to suffer because of their bad karma. As the Bible says "Be not deceived for
God is not mocked. Whatever a man soweth, he shall reap."
Nowadays, it is quite interesting to note that the famous Fr. Fernando Suarez noted
for his divine healing method has not been spared of criticisms especially from some of his fellow
What cannot be denied however by his critics is the fact that many are
beneficiaries of his divine method of healing as attested by those whom he healed of their sickness.
It is not at all impossible but possible as his critics would know and realize that anyone deserving can
be made the channel of the divine considering that the body of a man is a temple of the Holy Spirit
as Catholic Christians do believe.