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The Dangers of Unchecked Praise and the Importance of Perpetual Reflection

Perhaps perpetual reflection serves better than unchecked praise.

Acclaim risks stagnation of the spirit, heralding decay, an ill-wish bidding one “Rest, your virtue is secure.”

None can claim supremacy, only prospects for growth. Further progression eclipses prior efforts, as ever higher elevations come into view.

May introspection persist, for improvement to continue unabated. Progress demands scrutiny of both strength and weakness, illuminating paths yet untraveled.

Such is scrutiny’s role: occasionally moving beyond past triumphs, voicing latent shortcomings, unveiling yet more distant horizons.

The coward, lacking courage, seeks applause for daring deeds never performed. Commendation permits a pretense of bravery none actually possess.

Yet one whose search for valor remains unrelenting, though prone to self-doubt, demonstrates true gallantry through their tireless quest.

The man perpetually conscious of inadequacy may find solace in his own reflection, as outside plaudits fail to satisfy lingering deficiency.

Let self-examination be constant, and reception of others’ criticism open and willing.

Alas, there are too few in the world gifted with discernment. Critique is commonly exclusionary, disingenuous, or marked by malice.

But how ignore valid censure for its false likeness? Who can embrace just reproof yet yield to unfounded reproach?

It is the disposition of Miss Xiao to commend, though unfortunately many assume her manner unworthily.

In this world, is there any soul deserving scrutiny?