Saturday, July 23, 2005

self-criticism

"Any time something is written against me, I not only share the sentiment but feel I could do the job far better myself. Perhaps I should advise would-be enemies to send me their grievances beforehand, with full assurance that they will receive my every aid and support. I have even secretly longed to write, under a pen name, a merciless tirade against myself."



Jorge Luis Borges, 1907

we are our own harshest and most unforgiving critics. why, even borges, the astoundingly brilliant writer and thinker admits to finding an unlikely kinship with his would-be enemies on the grounds of their shared interest in maligning the author's many flaws.

i can identify with borges, and i think you can, too. but as i sit here blogging about the author i should be annotating for my long-overdue paper, i offer this gem:

if i am going to be my own worst critic, i must -for the sake of my spiritual, physical and emotional well-being- agree to moonlight as my own cheerleader. my own forgiver. my own hero. my own supporter. if there is indeed a natural inclination to harp upon what i perceive to be my own inadequacies, i must counter this inclination with a resolute and unwavering agenda to love myself.

8 Comments:

Blogger The Lonely Optimist said...

Count me among those who identify deeply with Borges. A harsh critic of my own foibles, I hadn't considered the flip side...I'm not gonna go out and get a sweater and some pom-poms, but I really appreciate the perspective. Thanks.

Guess I need to re-read Labyrinths...

9:57 PM  
Blogger taylorSiluw├ę ..... said...

That quote is a 'keeper' ... thanks for sharing it.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Marvin K. White said...

This is a lovely pill to take.

Now to find out who is bad-mouthing me and offer my assistance in getting me both right/write and wrong.

Yours,

Marvin

2:41 PM  
Blogger Stone said...

Short, deep and insightful thanks for sharing.

9:26 PM  
Blogger pomedome said...

Balance, worthiness. A yearning for the reflection of other eyes...
For echoes of sounding our bell.
I love to read this blog, Larry.

9:50 PM  
Blogger mytruth said...

very nice post

2:54 AM  
Anonymous steph said...

yes, larry. so true. it's all about the yin and yang. i so often am my own worst critic and do not counteract that with self-love. i'm working on that.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Byron St. James said...

Love yourself Larry, be kind and loving my large brown friend.

Thank you...your yearning for the inner ego critic to imerge and spatter you with translucent universal love glue is indeed true to your subconscience blatter.

Larry, you'll do well to love others without physical contact my large brown friend. Yesssssssssss....................

4:20 AM  

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