From Critic to Curator or Creator: How to Stop Noticing Everything That’s Wrong & Start Making or Supporting Something Good is part of this year’s Classical Education track (sponsored by WORLD News Group and Classical Conversations).
Is your first instinct to evaluate and critique? Do you find yourself ferreting out flaws in stories, sermons, and people? The ancient Christian virtues of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness are best sung in harmony. An over-emphasis on any one, combined with a neglect of the others, is a recipe for a warped cultural posture. There is such a thing as being overly obsessed with getting everything exactly correct at all times. We have sometimes become so obsessively analytical of True information, that we have neglected the crucial role of Beauty and Goodness in formation. As an example, some churches speak the technical truth about Grace, while actively fostering an environment mostly characterized by its absence. Truth is essential, and discernment is likewise crucial. However, an over-emphasis on criticism is a self-destructive culture to foster. Similarly, a snootily-high view of the arts can lead to a culture of impotent evaluations that paralyze efforts at creation. This talk is about moving on from being (overly) critical and into the hospitable vocations of creator and curator. We need more creators and curators, and fewer critics.