Monday, November 14, 2011

True Friendship

"Back in the 1940s and '50s and '60s, men believed that the best friends that you could have were the ones who would openly criticize your work and lay bare to you the mistakes and errors that you made, so that you might learn from them and correct them. In today's world, if someone criticizes your work openly, it has become fashionable to hate them for it. That is extremely foolish. You cannot learn from someone who always agrees with you; you can only learn in the fire of disputation and dialectic."  --Douglas Gresham in an interview in Columbia Magazine.

4 comments:

Love2Learn Mom said...

I LOVE this!!!

Robert Gotcher said...

You would, you TAC grad, you!

Love2Learn Mom said...

LOL! :)

I have also too often seen the sad results of those who are not open to criticism. It is especially painful to see in the political world.

Robert Gotcher said...

I personally don't like being criticized, so I can understand where this comes from. We are so afraid of losing the goodwill of others.