Watching the news this morning I was interested to see how much criticism is out there, where it is directed, and by whom, and why.  I was also interested to see the results when someone points the finger at a sports figure, movie star, politician of whoever.  Rather than admitting the beneficial nature of criticism when we are wrong or defending the truth when we are right Luther hit on the usual response –

“The ears of our generation have been made so delicate by the senseless multitude of flatterers that, as soon as we perceive that anything of ours is not approved of, we cry out that we are being bitterly assailed; and when we can repel the truth by no other pretense, we escape by attributing bitterness, impatience, intemperance, to our adversaries.”
Martin Luther, Concerning Christian Liberty