01 March 2006

Everyone's a critic!

Now, being a very left-wing, liberal sort of person, I am wholeheartedly in favour of the concept of people expressing their views. However, what I personally dislike is the fact that people express their views about things they have no business having views about in the first place. For example, I really know sod all about architecture. I have aesthetic judgements regarding what I think is an attractive building and what is not, but I really can't find faults in the positioning of a pillar to support a multi-storey building. So I don't usually, when I speak to architects, critique their schematics or their projects. What the hell do I know?

So why do people feel like they are obligated by some higher moral purpose to spout absolute bollocks about shit they really know nothing about? Why is there this overwhelming need in Jordanian society to incessantly give your unappreciated and unasked for opinions to people who really don't need mindless babble to make their work day any harder? Why do we do this?

Criticism, in certain destructive cases, I'm told, is a by-product of feeling inferior. The person doing the criticizing does it in an effort to prove their worth to the other part of the equation. Though I'm not sure how true this is for other people, it seems to me the majority of people who have qualms about my work don't really know jack shit about what it is I do. So, the next time you hear some idiot giving someone grief about something they know nothing about, please, take a moment to ask yourself if what I've said holds true.

4 comments:

Roba said...

Akh.. tell me about it!
Although admittedly, I'm a very opinionated person by nature and might fall into the trap every now and then, I can't help but get pissed off when people start judging things they don't know anything about. And you know what pisses me off even more? When people look down at me because I'm doing arts and forego my opinion as "Artsy fartsy".

Fedaykin said...

People often look down at "the Arts" in this country as the realm of stupid people who don't have enough intelligence to make it in a "real" job. I say, they can go fuck themselves. I'm smarter than most of those who detract me anyway. Definitely know more than all of them.

jameed said...

with the right choice of pompous words and a vastly ignorant population, you can be an expert on any subject you choose.

Fedaykin said...

Don't I know it! That's why so many people come to me for advice! If only they knew...