Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, November 01, 1877, Page 221, Image 15

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Miiccre in tendering our thanks for the
honorable favor which you have bestowed
apou ii -. And to all the students of the
Inhcisily, and to whomsoever else may
lie interested in the well fare of the Sir
I'tNT. we will say, .aid us by your sub
Mriptioti, contribution and good words
of clifii-r, in making our magazine worthy
-if the praie of all who are interested in
djpfniw of education in the State.
Some people seem to think that to be
sMc to criticise everybody and everything
Mint' of the peculiar rights of the Ameri
nii. Xo mailer whether or not they un
derstand sufticienlly well what they would
criticise, to make any criticism from them
in place They live in a free country,
litre freedom of speech and freedom of
the press are much lauded prcrogotives,
aud haw they not a right to express their
--pinion-at all times, and in all places?
Thev feel themselves fret to criticise,
whether the person upon whom their crit
K-isni falls, be philosopher, priest or poll
lirian.tir whether that which meets their
ciudem nation or approval be it scientific
theory, a speech, or a word. We often car
ry this thing quite too far. AVe have no
right ! criticise what we do not llior
uglih understand ourselves or what we
liave not given considerable thought and
tUciHiuu. The old saying of caution that
ve should find fault with nothing done
itot we cannot do as well ourselves, is, per
liai:i strict rule to live up to, neverthe
less it would be better by far to be even
ilitis sijjct. than to go too much to tiie
"Hut xtreme.
We have known members of our litera
ry societies to criticise after this manner:
"That oration was too long. It was a boie
to the .(udience, and u disgrace to the 80
iely ' What is the result or such critic
al Not good, certainly, for it criticism
made i this spirit only wounds, if it do
ful gi ally anger the one upon whom it is
toa'h' And then such hasty ill-tempeicd
nti ..ins are too often unjust, and un
'haij) ,bk. 'j'be production, or perform
anee, or hate crit may have been, is not
by the critic caielully "weighed in Un
balance, and found wanting," but is judg
ed according to his momentary feelings or
caprice. Another neison. hcarinir Hie
same thiug,and equally eapablp of judg.
ing of its merits, might with far more
fairness, pronounce it excellent
The lesson that we wish to brim: out is
just this: we should never make severe
criticisms until we have taken second
thought Hi-oil the matter, and then we
should do mi charitably and conscientious
ly. This rule is a general one, and will
apply to all limes and places, but we have
in mind now not so much its general ap
plication, a- its special limitation to mem
bers of our literary societies. Often vciy
severe, and sometimes unjust criticisms
are made, especially' by the older mem
bers of the societies, upon those who aic
younger and less experienced in tliework.
Many of these criticisms, which too often
are mere Mtreasms, wcic they made in u
charitable and coiilidenlial sort of win.
might be ofgieat value; but made as they
usually are, they wound the feelings,
and the icsiilt is, generally, injury to the
one upon whom they are made.
The criticisms made by the papers upon
the public exercises which havefiom time
to time been given by the students of the
1'iiivcrsily, such, for instance, as the Soci
ety exhibitions and commencement exer
cises which come annually with the lst
day of the college year, have been for the
most part just and impailial. The wiii
er.s of these criticisms certainly can hate,
(excepting now and then, perhaps, in case
of there being a favorite upon the class.)
no reasons for lauding this, or condeniii
imrthat performance, only as impartial
mei it would seem to demand. Hut though
the criticisms ate in general just, and
thoi.gh the writers of them, gencrallt
speaking, can have no partial motives flm
making them otherwise than fair for all,
Mill a criticism will now and then be
made upon a performance at these gem r
alev-rci-.es whith i unfair, and which