“We are men of action. Lies do not become us.”
Something about that quote from The Princess Bride that strikes a chord in me. The boldness of the critique during a moment where Westley is confronted with the truth of his current situation and the call for honesty in the moment.
I think, far too often, we overlook the critical portion of critique. We gloss it over with words, afraid to offend and afraid to express our true thoughts for fear or retaliation, or worse, rejection. It almost boils down to the thought that if you do not know whether the person is a pig or not, then just keep the pearl. It is far easier to err on the side of caution.
I have always been the sort that does not appreciate the delicate dance of critique. I am more a 2×4 in those situations. I want to tell you the truth, I want you to hear it, I want you to get it, then I want you to do something with it. Continue reading Don’t judge me, bro.