The Censure

We rarely discuss and frequently criticise! Even before one can reach a logical conclusion, the premature criticisms eclipse any further reasoning. The idea of censuring is more of an acquired consciousness from a traditional way of approaching a new idea, especially,  if it is a creative one.

There is rarely any creative criticism, but a lot of rudimentary ways to counter them! Is it the shortcoming of the work being discussed or the author failing to satiate the highly critical mind with an entirely original (contemporary) piece of work. The criticisms may be an unconscious way to push away a new idea; they fear, if they fail to criticise, they may be ostracised for not being too critical.

There are some habits which are carried by the mind and compels the language to express that tone of resentment easily. Well practised, the critical language is different from the communication of refined reasons. Arriving at criticisms without logic lacks any creativity and creative perspective and is an undisguised contempt for creativity.

What goes on in the mind of the castigator is more of a traditional approach of curtailing a new course of communication that has the ability to transform their mind. Such fear in the mind of the censurer tilts the reason to adopt a vituperative language or well-rehearsed sarcasm. Apart from the immense satisfaction of adhering to the demands of a critical club, it also elevates them to a position of importance.

The tendency to read with a prejudiced mind deconstructs the work even before it has a chance to gather all the philosophy it emerged from. It is defeated with incisive criticisms to puncture its essence! In the superficial realm, such criticisms make quite an impact and all other approaches to creativity are erased. A vigorous type of criticism arises from a lack of depth and consideration for creating a space for sensible creative communication.

It will be beneficial to not inherit a critical approach and denigrate a creative work, to pave the path for a logical approach of viewing creativity. The onus is also on the art of creativity to present new ideas against the traditional criticisms. Work relentlessly, without losing hope and enthusiasm, to create something original and contemporary.

~Amitav

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14 thoughts on “The Censure

  1. It takes a lot to see your own (rehearsed sarcasm) and admit that you are being hateful/ negative. I have been in toxic environments for most of my life, some inherited and some due to my own behaviors so being a critic became second nature. Hiding behind analyzing others is exhausting and fruitless. Also, I could not take even constructive criticism from others so owning my own crap was disturbing because I thought I was the GOOD GUY but it is also liberating because then you can get unstuck. Thanks

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    1. Glenna, thank you for sharing this. Yes, I completely agree with you. This word ‘criticism’ and its use has been used in an erroneous manner. Gaslighting is very much a reality, so are other psychological attacks with unrestrained criticism. As you said, it takes courage to introspect and mend the ways as an individual. Healthy and constructive criticism is necessary, but that is rare. As long as you unburden and move ahead in life, after changing the path, it becomes liberating and one starts viewing life with new perspectives. It is all about believing in yourself!

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    1. I agree with you, Bojana. The emerging keyboard warriors, the anonymity and their unwarranted criticisms with panache. I have heard people hanging around blogs and social media absolutely clueless and make statements like, ‘beyond perfection’ and ‘brilliance’ like they are throwing a pebble on a pond to create some ripples. The entire premise of criticism, on the other hand, is motivated a less to do about a logical understanding of creativity.

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      1. I had a guy following me once who was arrogant in his criticism, always trying to make me see his truth wasthe only valid one. Why can’t we both be right, criticism should be complementary.
        I’m not vain. I admit when I realize I made a mistake but then at the end of the day, everyone’s entitled to their opinion and it’s more than ok to disagree.

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      2. Ah arrogance. Let me tell you an anecdote. I had these two young guys, one from Russia and another from the UK started arguing with me on literary criticism. They were extremely arrogant and combative, and just wanted to know if I really knew what I was talking about. They seemed highly sceptical of my point of view and the moment I started asking them questions of literary criticism and the ones they have read, they fled immediately. Some people who write come with a sense of privilege, because they feel their knowledge and argument is final; wherever that perception comes from.

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      3. Haha. There’s no worse sin than vanity and better weapon than knowledge.
        When sth like that happens, I’m often ‘advised’ to delete the comment if I don’t like it, which btw I never do as it testifies to ‘your’ arrogance and wrongdoing. On the other hand, my comments would often be removed because I hurt sb’s vanity.

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