Criticism Vs Negativity

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Belmar beach, NJ

One comment on a post I wrote stated that ‘being Indian, there is negativity in my posts’. If you have read my posts, what do you think? My answer to it is I have been more of a critic. A clear critique can hardly convey negativity. I have criticized India for mainly the corruption in the system, where few get richer and richer and most are left behind. I have criticized Indian administration for the explosive growth without a corresponding growth in infrastructure. But, who doesn’t? Everyone I talk to who come back from India continue to complain about pollution and explosive growth. As I am writing this I am watching the HBO documentary ‘ Citizen U.S.A’. A Slovak woman is telling her story. How she emigrated to America with a bad education and started here as a cleaning lady. With help from those around her, she became a real estate agent and just sold her first home. A few Afghans who became citizens were explaining how they can shake hands with women and call theirs Honey. This couldn’t happen back in their home country for they would be executed for that! When you live in a country such as the US, you can’t help but notice alarming difference in freedom and quality of life between the two countries. Things are changing in India for the good too with change in government, but for someone to be positive about India as a whole – talking about the 70% who are living outside urban centers and fight for daily existence – is going to take a couple of generations at least. I will say negativity clouds one’s mind into perceiving and reading inputs as negative. This isn’t true just for Indians but for all humankind. We learn to be positive knowing negativity isn’t good and experiencing that it doesn’t work.

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