Against Self-Criticism

artwork by Robert Arneson

In the competitive and moral world that we live in, self-criticism, or rather self correction, is essential to evolution, development and betterment of both the individual and society. However, Some of us are so good at this that our desire the better the world takes priority over our own well-being, and we easily fall victim to an excessive version of self-criticism, a state of self-flagellation: a dangerous condition which fosters depression and creative sterility. We go beyond the self-corrective directness necessary for improving our shortcomings, and instead masochistically berate and destroy ourselves over foibles which are largely socially perceived flaws and inadequacies we assign to ourselves upon comparison.

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