People who know me personally will say that I am hitting particular groups of people or specific people every time I write articles or posts. In other words, everything I write here and in my blogspot.com accounts are PERSONAL and BEING PERSONAL. Normally, when this happens, the essence or the substance of an article is diminished, plainly because it is, well, personal and being personal. A notch higher, the article written is no longer considered credible and sensible and it’s not worth his or her time. Plainly because it is personal and being personal. Some people that know me personally just laugh or smile when they felt that I am hitting someone or something again.
Normally, another way of dismissing an article is digging to the writer’s old skeletons, like a defense lawyer discrediting a state witness. Well, that’s a classic way of shrugging it off, and I respect that. It’s part of the normal flow between readers and writers. However, a person that takes time and dig old skeletons just to discredit a writer is in itself a form of giving compliment to the writer. Why? Because the person went to certain extents just to discredit an article. Articles are also discredited by rationalizing it as “derived out of bitterness”. Studying the writer’s frame of mind and how it works, rather than appreciate how the writer’s mind really worked.
I admit that my articles are derived from first and second hand experiences. I learned from these experiences, and I share them. It’s simple as that. The “Payong Bugoy” post is a quick way of sharing learned principles based on experiences. After all, experience is STILL the best teacher. I admit hitting particular people, schools of thought, certain attitudes through my articles. WRITERS DO THAT. For centuries, writers have done that, and we’re praising some or many of them for that. Editorial cartoonists do that, Comic strips artists do that. Satirists do that. Well, how about Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo? Oh, Pilgrim’s Progress, written by a BAPTIST PREACHER named John Bunyan, is also a book that “hits”. The Bible is a ‘twoedged sword’. The Bible ‘hits’. Why not burn or be apathetic to the Bible, after all, It is “personal and being personal”. Well, in fairness, it’s God’s Word you might say and all the writers in the world combined are no match. However, my point is writers write out of inspiration derived from personal experiences, other people’s experiences, and reading other books and articles.
Personally, to dismiss or discredit an article plainly because it is so called “personalizing without mentioning the names”. Writers write because they have something to write, even if it seems foolish for some plainly because they’re not into it.
Still though, just like what a young Pastor said to me a few days back, people are free to state their opinion. After all, that is the reason why I can freely write…responsibly. The young Pastor is right. As a writer and human being, negative opinions are also considered opinions. In fact, one fact should consider negative opinion as a form of compliment. Negative opinions mean you are noticed. When your article is noticed, it means you still exist. When people are indifferent in your article, it is worse than being criticized. Lyndon Gregorio, creator of Beerkada, once told me personally that the enemy of artists is indifference.
At the end of the day, even if some are quite mean and harsh, criticisms are also another form of appreciation. For that, thank you very much.