Evolving Critical Evaluation
Redefining Good vs Bad judgments based on the Evolution Humanitarianism and Environmentalism
Changes in politics and economics show that there is indeed a paradigm shift slowly happening since the 1960’s from a human perspective about civilization. This self-aware hippy attitude of good-will has yet to trickle through to main-stream media critics, who have created a whole new generation of ‘everything is shit except what i like’ haters. So in response to less hateful aggressive competition, we hear critics talking about how stupid it is to give every kid a badge who was involved in the game (since the 1980s).
First of all that argument about there being no incentive to win because ‘every one gets a trophy’ holds no sway with me. In soccer the more games you won, the larger the trophy you got; and as I got older, the team I was on lost more and more games. The reason we lost games was not because we were content with getting what-ever it was we got at the end of the season (a paper document if we were lucky); it was because other teams were better. I cannot describe fully how bad it still felt to lose over and over again, with nothing show for it. So to all those critics of encouraging people to keep playing next year by giving them some prize, I say “Fuck you!”. Ok, is that humanitarian enough for you?
Next, there is a growing awareness in America that we are fucking up the planet we live on for ourselves and future generations. This is called Environmentalism (for those not in tune with the movement already). For those that don’t care about life in general or other lives, I ask them to imagine burning to death, drowning, or starving … as an Environmentalist I am opposed to that happening to the masses of animals, including humans, on this planet; but it is happening now because of our collective ignorance on an industrial scale.
So now we come down to individual artists, musicians, and farmers being able to do what they love doing for a living. It is impossible for most of us to earn a living growing our own food, playing our own music, and making our own art currently; however this is where critical evaluation needs to keep evolving! We are redefining our collective definitions of ‘good and bad’ creations, at social events like drum circles, free art shows, and small farm gatherings. Rather than the emphasis being placed on selfish competition and arrogant petty comparisons, critical emphasis is evolving to embrace individual expression and the importance of compassion. To promote the work of another that you can identify with, becomes a way of promoting yourself as a good person.
A good creation has social and environmental worth beyond talent or skill.
A bad creation has destructive dimensions beyond the surface glamor.
Both have value for self-reflection.
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