Critical Thinking or Bitching?

Critical thinking or just bitching?  To be honest, I’m not sure what the difference really is except one should be done to those in leadership rather than the other which seems to be done among the common people.

I have been thinking about this recently since I think that I am a critical thinker but may be aware that this is probably misconstrued from time to time as bitching or complaining instead. The Bible encourages us to: Philippians 2:14  “…do all things without griping and complaining.”  I am aware of that. But does that preclude good advice from those more experienced than us?

Unfortunately, we rarely ask for helpful criticism. Or at least it seems that those who do such a poor job managing or arranging things seem to never ask.  Or they may ask but really don’t want any real answers except to reinforce that they think they’re already doing everything right (Just think about that last survey you completed at the work place). At least that’s the impression I get. But according to Ecclesiastes 7:5  “It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.”

I think the real problem is, few people can actually take helpful criticism.  If someone can think of a better way to do something and doesn’t tell anyone, then it frustrates me that something done poorly continues to feed upon itself. If one mentions it to someone who has the authority to make changes, I’m afraid they will be seen as a complainer. Iron is supposed to sharpen iron, someone once told me. Otherwise iron rusts.

And to let lazy or ignorant people prevail shouldn’t be an option. Any advice from the wise?