The Discriminant

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Positive Inertia vs Accepting Criticism

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Self development is a hunger, but it can go away. The surest way to blind yourself of your desire to improve is to adopt pride. There are many who take pride in their paths to understanding more, whether it is women, politics, social behavior, etc. It is immediately evident in men who scorn or laugh at those who disagree with them.

A man who believes his writing is good enough is afraid to let go of it – out of fear that it will be for nothing, that he will have embarrassed himself, or worst of all, discover that he is inept – locks improvement behind a door. Whether he paces nervously on the other side or stands with his back turned and hands on his hips is irrelevant. Pride and fear are opposite and closely related. When the former rises, the latter is lurking.

Some men believe that their newfound knowledge enables their enactment if only they shut out all other influence. Massive endeavors require great motivation and positive attitude, but a healthy attitude is not threatened by criticism. Men who set out to accomplish do surround themselves with critics, yet most often they are too amiable. Good criticism cannot be coerced, or even asked for. Neutral connections give excellent criticism, and enemies give the best. Humility, put simply, is the acceptance of reality. Seeing it for a chain and shackles is backwards.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Don’t be critical of yourself if you wish to maintain positive inertia. Be aware of your surroundings.

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Written by discriminantauthor

February 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

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