Speaking vs. Criticizing

By Shi Ming

PureInsight | September 22, 2008

[PureInsight.org] Relationships between people nowadays are more complex than before. However, everything in the world is based on karmic relationships. Under no circumstance should we ignore karmic relationships. We should pay attention to this and mind these relationships well.

A good relationship between people is based on mutual understanding and helping each other. Maintaining a high moral level and good communication is very important. This applies to making comments and criticizing. It is very important to be considerate and respectful of others.

Each of us is bestowed with one mouth, two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, two hands and two feet. That is to say, we should eat less, speak less, see more, smell more, breathe more, listen more, and use our hands and feet more. We need to care about others and be considerate of others. Do not say negative things about others and do not praise ourselves. Focus on others' strengths and our own shortcomings. Cherishing virtue and doing good deeds is most important.

Speaking is an art. It is not to show off or criticize others. It is important to be selfless and upright. Being honest and maintaining a high moral level, one can make the right comments appropriate to the specific circumstances.

Listening to criticism attentively is also an art. Many of us, when facing criticism, tend to defend ourselves, either because of presumptions or self-esteem. Being receptive will allow others to speak freely, which will enhance communication and build mutual respect. There are always strengths in others that we can learn from. In this way, we can improve ourselves by listening to others. Isn’t this something that will help us?

Everyone is different, and we should not force our opinions on others. We should not use our own thinking to pass judgments on others, either. If we do not pay attention to this, we may create unnecessary misunderstandings and losses.

Very often, things that we take for granted are not necessarily right. That is why, when led by our presumptions, we may make mistakes. Therefore, we should be careful, considerate, and maintain a high moral level.

August 20, 2008

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2008/8/20/54461.html

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