Stop Criticizing to Recognize Merits

Yutang Lin

Criticism and complains count only others' faults;
Tensions piling up could explode into confrontations.
Switching attention to comradeship and merits, while
Sharing the same boat in ease without arguments.


Criticism and complains see only other's faults without realizing one's own prejudices. Accumulating over days and months tension could easily evolve into hatred and conflicts. Instead, one could switch attention to appreciation of the opportunity to be working together or living close, and thereby count the blessings and merits, and recall the kindness and help received. Thus cease the incessant arguments and sorrows in one's mind. Being together is eventually short-lived; at most it will last but a lifetime. Not being preoccupied with running toward the end of a blind alley, all would feel much at ease.

Written in Chinese on August 11, 2000
Translated on August 12, 2000
El Cerrito, California

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