What’s your reaction when someone criticizes you? eye for an eye? re-criticizing them? what’s the outcome? Null! neither side gained but only hatred for each other.
Mr Piers Morgan tweeted about a billion Indians being hysterical for winning only two Olympic medals (which excludes gold) & that was it! The tsunami of hate he received was worth to watch & I too despised him for his views but I realized,was it worth it? Is not it immature? Does not he have the freedom to criticize? May be the tone he used was disrespectful but instead of blindly condemning, why not learn from it?
Every Indian talks about our dismal performance in Rio Olympic 2016 .We being a billion plus people, being in the top 10 nominal GDP, aiming to be a global power can’t even win a few medals?! Isn’t there more room for improvement? The only difference between Mr Morgan and us is that he aired himself on a social platform & he being famous had to face the wrath of our responsible citizens. Are we so proud that we can’t afford any criticism? Do we feel a pride in hiding our faults?! How’ll this attitude lead us to being a global power? By such a deplorable behavior, what message are we sending to the world? That we Indians are egoistic & our pride is like a wall! I think we owe an apology to him.
Coming back,how should we respond to criticism? Socially or individually, I believe taking out the constructive things & discarding the rest. Its responding,not reacting! The person critical of us may wish for our personal development. Don’t our parents become critical of us for so many things,do we react like we did to Mr Morgan?
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things – Winston Churchill
But what if the one,being critical does not wish our betterment? Simple- Ignore!!!
The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment – E.Hubbard