Pertaining to the narcissistic tendencies of writers
How many are more concerned with their own writing, how it may be perceived by others? Do a majority of us truly come here to gain insight into writing? Or merely to share our creations? Stroke our ever inflating ego's? Perhaps even pertain to some ideal that perhaps we are intelligent, and seek confirmation of this fact?
Listen, I'm not trying to get all preachy on y'all, because even I admittedly don't take enough interest in other peoples work, and have those narcissistic qualities highlighted above.
But, I understand and appreciate, that "in the last analysis, everyone is a human being", and so we are all capable of greatness, while we may not necessarily achieve it in our lives.
In a similar manner, I don't think one can truly critique art - we all have this innate ability to create this entity, which is essentially an open concept. Always changing in the collaborative eyes of society, and while you may have personal preferences to what you find "pleasurable" art, this is of course your prerogative as a living, thinking, free human being.
But, I think this writing forum should be less about critiquing the parts you don't like, but highlighting how something is good, and has this intangible, indefinable "value". For if we are to define literature, as essentially art, then what is its purpose? How do we as human beings, derive pleasure from its inception and creation? I think this is an almost impossible answer to formulate, for if we were to ask everyone on this forum, I'm sure the answers would be unique to every individual queried.
In this regard, I suppose we refrain from critiquing, and focus more on understanding each others work, highlighting strengths, and seeing the stories behind these individual works of art, many of which, along my own that is, are destined to be lost in the great abyss of time. Let's give each others work the value and time it deserves, for however brief it may be, and however little contribution we may give.
I'm not really sure if my argument is particularly coherent, so please feel free to refute below in the comments section.
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