It seems that in society there are topics that are considered minimally to be rude but often unacceptable to criticize. Criticism is a very important part of life and it aggravates me that there are areas that need more criticism for obvious reasons but people instead try to make it socially unacceptable to do so.
Areas from a persons physical health to metaphysical beliefs often have a special protection when they are obviously way off base.
An obese person drinking a liter of liquid sugar and no one says “hey you probably shouldn’t be drinking that because its having a terrible impact on your health” because it would be “rude”.
When people claim to be Christian yet don’t actually follow what they “believe”, it is usually not okay to point out and getting labeled as a POS is common if you do.
Then you have movements like this http://www.naafa.org/ which really show how bad this is.
Criticism is one of the best and sometimes only way to get people to improve themselves. The best motivation comes from within but if you don’t have that what is going to fuel change? Not many people work toward self improvement because they haven’t experienced it.
Before I was trying to improve myself often one of the first and best things I ever did was start weight training. This came about from one of my friends laughing and criticizing my size when he saw me with my shirt off. He started exercising with me and two years later I gained 30lbs of lean muscle.
Another example, one of my friends in college would constantly bite at his finger nails/cuticles. Not only did this make his fingers look gross but it also made them inflamed and unhealthy. All it took was a couple months of criticism and he stopped. Still thanks me when I see him.
I feel that I can only give my parents and best friend criticism about their life without backlash. Everyone else gets offensive and I get labeled as the jerk no matter how constructive the words.
This condition of society is frustrating because I like to speak my mind but am not sure if doing so is a waste of time when it comes to these situations.
@travis, I learned to criticize myself, which brought me an enhanced perspective on anything. It’s kind of hard at first when you deconstruct yourself, but find the right mix and you’re golden. That’s on personality.
With things that are viewed as a society problem: I think social taboo is censorship from filthy truths about life. When a culture is driven by bullshit sugar coated lies, it spreads to every aspect of an individual.