If I ruled the world (Part 11): There would be no such job as critic. We’d have appreciators instead.

They’d be creative listeners in the deepest sense, more alert to the intentions of the creator than to their own prejudices and wishes for the work.

And they wouldn’t be allowed to evaluate anything until they’d achieved something comparable themselves.

“I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back,” says author, publisher and education activist, Dave Eggers, “because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy.

“Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a f@*$%load of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters.

“What matters is saying yes.”

Yes Dave. Yes!

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