If you observe yourself and others closely, you will discover that most people today are unable to hold a conversation without criticizing some fault of their neighbor. How can criticizing the faults of others benefit us inwardly? It does not advance us one step. There is a difference between objective recognition of faults and unhealthy ridicule. The former always converts the knowledge into action steps that can be used in one’s personal life.
Be careful of the person who is more enthusiastic criticizing the failings of others than they are about recognizing their own faults. The one who is more generous with issuing condemnation than they are in the arena of self-assessment. Any idler, sloth, and indolent person can recognize wrongs in others, but it takes inner strength and earnestness about personal ascent to abstain from this disease of fault-finding and instead seek in one’s soul for limitations to change.
The greater the emptiness of soul, weakness of spirit, and tendency to superficiality, the more a person will always seek to harshly criticize the faults of others as the main anchor of their discourse and thoughts. For if they cannot criticize, what else is there to discuss? If they cannot complain about this or that, what else is there to discuss? The harsh ridiculing is just a diversion through which the person distracts himself from the distasteful exertion of honestly searching their own soul to find areas of improvement.
A lot of harm is caused to all parties involved in this ruinous prattling. Once we become more involved with the effort of overcoming our faults and purifying our desires, we will invariably discover we have little time to dissect the apparent pimple in our neighbors soul when the colossal tumor in our own awaits excising.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah