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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %CYNIC REJECT LACK BETTER ALTERNATIVE CRITIC GOOD 921227 It is relatively easy to come up with criticisms of some existing: pattern, tradition, behavior, institution, ritual, doctrine, policy, law, habit, etc. It is much more difficult to offer an alternative which is clearly a better alternative which is likely to be accepted as such by many people without over-balancing negative conflict. When considering criticisms it is good to ask whether the critics are offering better alternatives; or merely picking at the inadequacies of the present alternative which are comparable to the inadequacies of other alternatives which might be adopted. It is not helpful to offer criticisms of inadequacies in the absence of any interest in offering better alternatives to the present inadequate one. At the same time, if collusive games of mutual self deception are keeping people from perceiving the inadequacies of what is present; and are blocking conversations and dialogue about present inadequacies---it may be helpful to reveal inadequacies while admitting that improved alternatives are not immediately evident---but worth looking for. Criticisms are improved by their being coupled with expressions of interest in finding and/or devising improved alternatives. Criticisms are weakened by the absence of any show of interest in finding and/or devising improved realistic alternatives. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================