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    Criticism is not a contempt

    Right to express is a fundamental right. Nobody can stop a person from voicing his opinion. While expressing ideas, it may taste sweat to some but some may feel it bitter and unacceptable, therefore, it is sometimes taken as a contempt when a person criticizes and articulates an opinion on a particular subject. If criticism is considered contempt then what is space for voicing concern if a person feels unsatisfied with any institution. Dissent is an important part of a democracy where people can have a different opinion and dissenters can come up with sharp criticisms. But unfortunately, we saw some occasions when people were totally taken aback by contempt proceedings for criticizing. It is undemocratic if dissent in a democracy is chopped and not allowed to speak! I am sure this is a platform where dissent is welcome. So let's exercise right to express and share your thoughts here on the topic criticism is not a contempt.
  • #708329
    Author is right because criticism and contempt are two different things. contempt can be done by anyone, but criticism will do the same, in whose heart there will be some compassion, affection and friendship for us because criticism is born through compassion and contempt through hate. Criticism is to refine our qualities, and contempt is to reduce our confidence. The goal of criticism is only to purify, to button and guide the truth, but the goal of contempt is to wound our soul, however harsh the criticism is but it only worries and cares for you, it is born out of goodwill. Whose purpose may be to guide us while contempt arises out of arrogance whose feeling is to degrade us, to prove small and to lose confidence.
    Swati Sharma

    Keep your Face to the SunShine

  • #708349
    Criticism is not contempt. That is true, At the same criticism on somebody's personal matters is never advisable. When he matter is a common issue, then we can voice our feelings and we can criticise and it can't be treated as a contempt.
    In a democracy, the opposition is required and they should criticise the government policies if they are not really good for the public. But political parties are not doing that. They try to unpopular the party in the government so that they may become the ruling party in next elections. Such acts should not be accepted and that criticism can't be taken as a constructive step.
    Even the party in ruling should think and take actions in such a way that the public will get benefitted. But they are more interested in getting their selfish goals attained. Such acts should be definitely criticised by the opposition and see that the government will never go for such acts.

    always confident

  • #708353
    There is a limit to criticism. Just because we have the freedom of speech, it doesn't mean we will go beyond the limits and boundary of criticism. What we are witnessing is a serious criticism. One should not criticize their own family members and the place where they live together. It won't be accepted by the family members. It is a contempt against the family. It is like eating and spitting on the same plate.
    No life without Sun

  • #708367
    Constructive criticism is always good. If someone is corrupt and public is criticising him then it is good to do so. If some person has done fraud and people are criticising him it is also good to do so. At the same time if a person has helped the poor people and supported them to come up then criticising such efforts is destructive criticism and is to be avoided. If Govt wants to make a unified card for citizen identification and cancels all existing cards then citizens should welcome it and not criticise it. So, there are many things which are to be praised by us rather than criticising but unfortunately many of us are addicted to criticise for the sake of criticism and that is in very bad taste and we should as far as possible refrain from that.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #708375
    Criticism must be there to have best performance extracted from others but that should be constructive criticism suggesting ways and means to improve the performance. But there are people who criticize those who are associated with court and proceedings and that means they know the rules and regulations and also the rights of the person who makes the criticism. Once the criticism is made it becomes the trolling aspect for the law and it can take actions if the criticism aims at those who have pronounced the judgement. That is what happening in the case of noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan versus Supreme Court for his contempt words.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #708397
    I think criticism is not about eating and spitting on the same plate but guiding people and letting them know where the problem is. You are all free to express dissent with your family if you feel anything wrong and help them understand what is right. In contemporary times criticism, unfortunately, is taken as a sharp weapon ready to slice through the dissenters. I feel the need is to allow more space for the criticisms and allow dissenters to express their opinion without any fear.

  • #708401
    Many times criticism helps people as they come to know their shortcomings or lack of some desired characteristics. If criticism is in a good spirit then no one minds it. Problem comes when criticism is generated from the offences or elements of jealousy behind it. Such criticism is not to be taken in real terms as it has no logic behind it.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #708424
    When you assert that criticism is not contempt, you must also accept that criticism can be contempt. Criticism is fine and acceptable as long as it is within the permissible parameters provided by the law of the land or the generally acceptable trends of society. But when criticism exceeds the limits and crosses over to contempt, it becomes generally unacceptable.

    When you criticise a person or an authority, you express your disapproval of something which he says or does or you say that it should have been done in another way. So that means, criticism is based on perceptions. You say that a person or authority is wrong because you think that it is wrong. But that does not mean that you need to be right. It is here where prudence and rationality comes into play. Even when you disapprove or disagree, you don't categorically assert that you are absolutely right or that the other person is absolutely wrong.

    But contempt is different. Here, instead of simply expressing your disapproval, you outrightly entertain and express your feeling that the person or authority involved is just worthless or that he cannot say or do what he needs to.

    So you see, there is a difference, though of a lesser degree. Criticism should not cross over to contempt because while criticism is an acceptable trait, contempt has got more negativity and hence is not acceptable, legally or otherwise. Suppose your father buys you a pen, it is fine to say that he could have brought a better pen or that he should have taken your opinion before buying the pen but the scenario changes when you say that your father cannot buy you a better pen or that your father doesn't respect your choices.

    “The door to wisdom is knowing yourself." Anonymous

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