There’s a new US debate whether Republicans are accountable or responsible for the Great Replacement “theory” (see my recent blog). Democrats and/or liberals were eager to blame the Republican party. The conservatives and/or Republicans were eager to deny that criticism. This pattern seems universal.
Why do liberals typically blame others (and each other)? Why do conservatives typically deny criticism?
It might just be a fundamental strategy. The one who starts blaming others can easily hide from similar criticism. Hence, there is a bonus in attacking. As the proverb says: an attack is the best form of defence. The one who receives criticism has few options: accept, deny or delay.
The answer may relate to my 2017 blog: the arrogance of the Left and ignorance of the Right. Liberals are more often graduates from colleges or universities, while conservatives more often have a self-made background (eg, in business). To some extent, it’s about Knowledge versus Power, or dualism.
Apart from the macro perspective above, I noticed a similar micro perspective at the birthday parties of my parents, decades ago. My parents mostly had primary education but had a successful village store. I have had many years of education but never forgot that image. Hence, I became a centrist.
I like to think, feel and believe that I’m good at taking criticism. I’m wrong. The moment there’s (alleged) reverse psychology behind that criticism then I get (really) annoyed with Sender. I know I must be careful in my reply as my words can be “lethal”. Then, I remember the Al Capone quote; see below.
Mid 2016, I wrote my first blog on this topic: Opinions and criticism. It has a certain Calimero-like approach, an innocent wondering about this mad, mad world (lyrics, video). I’ve lost that “youthful innocence” in my writing. Nevertheless, I would like to reiterate the final paragraph of that blog.
“I suppose that we are all caught in a world wide web of Fear. I genuinely wonder – and fear – what will come next. I sincerely doubt that messages of Love would stand a chance against these superfluous messages of Fear. My messages of faith, hope and love – and constructive criticism – are drops in an ocean of fear and negativity. I cannot but continue sending them.”
“Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.”Al Capone (1899-1947), American gangster and businessman
Note: all markings (bold, italic and underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.