Though wise men have often advised ‘Judge ye not…’, yet man insists on judging others, criticising them and passing his judgment. Of course, in this process, he also becomes the object of criticism and judgment. Criticism is one such trait of human personality that comes as naturally to him as heat to the fire or pain to a bleeding wound. We are often advised to treat our critic as our friend, but what actually do we do? Do we welcome our critic or encourage him in his endeavour of our criticism? Are we often not offended with what he says or means to say? Do we not even go to the extent of showing his lapses and faults and even become indifferent to him if not hostile?
In fact, our immediate and spontaneous response to our criticism–deserved or otherwise–is being disturbed, shocked, shattered and even offended or aggrieved. It is very rare that we may straight away thank our critic for reminding us of our weaknesses and shortcomings.
Our effort is to find the fault with the mirror, which might be dusty or hazy and thus blurring the image. All these arguments at self-defense are ironically forgotten when we are criticising others.