Men Don't Listen and Wayne L. Misner 2023©    


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The Critic©

(By Wayne L. Misner,

Have you noticed how many people are so negative? First to criticize – be a Monday morning quarterback – an armchair general – your judge – your conscience -- If the team passed the ball and the play did not score, the critic says, “they should have run the ball”, and of course, if they ran the play and it did not work, the critic says, “they should have passed”. This critic will watch people prepare for a party for months, struggle to get supplies, book a hall, decorate, get a band, search for peoples addresses and send out invitations, etc. When the critic (who has done nothing) attends the party all they will do is complaining and state, “the food is no good or the band stinks, or why didn’t they do this and this…” They knock politicians, yet they don’t vote or write to the proper people to voice a complaint or request. The critic uses many aliases. They are Republican and Democrat pundits, talk show hosts (jockeying for high ratings), and acting lawyers, amateur marriage counselors, busy bodies, gossipers, rag tabloid reporters, amateur detectives, fortune tellers, and palm readers, psychics who are pessimists, hindsight professionals, and pain in the butts. People like this are the ones who say you should have, could have, and are the no it all and the group who are the rumor spreaders.

Have you also noticed the most confusing aspect about the critic is they never know before the event happens to comment on how it should be avoided or handled but they always know after the event? But, the critic does everything to perfection. They run the ball and score, they teach the kids to be Honor students, have perfect relationships, are the perfect boss, follow a religion so closely that they now have the right, not the obligation to society to preach to everyone. They determine if someone has the right to have an abortion – a gay couple may adopt a baby – if blacks should be discriminated against. They make up the majority of those who participate in hate groups.


Some TV talk show hosts are the ideal role models to represent the Critics of the world. These poster hosts Critics who second-guess everyone and everything demonstrates the Critic as the hypocrites they are. Using nothing but black & white logic and painting everyone with the stroke of a brush they attack, as all these critics do

We all must see the Critic for the narrow-minded hypocrites, broad-brush painting, and negative pessimists they are, the do-nothings of the world spreading, hate and intolerance.

I close this story by reading an Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic" (delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910) THE MAN IN THE ARENA by Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.