Excellent intentions…

Unfortunately, but very significantly, the task of criticism today has been virtually identified with that of apology; the role of the critic is generally seen to be no more than that of explaining, for the uninstructed multitudes, the latest ‘inspiration’ of the ‘creative genius.’ Thus passive ‘receptivity’ takes the place of active intelligence, and ‘success’ – the success of the ‘genius’ in expressing his intention, no matter what the nature of that intention – replaces excellence.
Eugene (Fr. Seraphim) Rose

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