In general, I have come to dislike and have enormous disdain for the critic – not the person who offers real, tangible (and actionable) advice on how something CAN be improved, but the person who sees his or her own negative in something, points it out and adds nothing more to the process.

I was poking around online and found this really, really cool interactive harmonic table. Someone developed it so that you can not only audibly hear (with a click) but can visually see the harmonic relationship that notes have to each other. It’s an extremely innovative thing.

After playing with it for quite a long time, I went below and read comments. The second comment, from some goon with the moniker “Dracopol,” wrote (among other things), “This is a great model of the Axis harmonic keypad, but it’s all just one octave. If you try to go up the scales, a higher C sounds just like the lower C and sounds repeat! It’s more fun if you could program the correct octave transitions, low to high.”

As my old friend John used to say, “where were you, Dracopol, when the page was blank?”

It brought me back to one of my favorite quotations of all time. From Theodore Roosevelt (one of our truly great presidents, and perhaps the person most responsible for our tremendous National Parks), comes this jewel:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Take that, Dracopol.

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2 responses »

  1. Sarah Cox says:

    This specific Theodore Roosevelt statement has been my lifetime philosophy, so to speak, and my encouragement to others on numerous occasions. Interestingly, for the first time in our lives, we are tasting the dust in our mouths…coming up short, again and again…and have a greater understanding of personal failure. But we know that this is ultimately good for us and a part of the maturing process to Christlikeness…the plan for us, from a Good and Faithful God.

    Thanks for the word…I’ll try not to be a naysayer!

  2. Kayla says:

    I miss seeing new posts from you, CJ!

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