Recently, an article was published on Chabad news websites protesting summer camps. This is just one of many op-eds, published daily, with a rather harsh and negative tone.
I admit that I too have penned negative articles. To tell you the truth, I generally enjoy these articles, because they are essential to problem solving. After all, the only way to solve a problem is to point it out. Without doing that, no problems will ever be solved.
That being said, there is a problem I see all too often with these articles. The author will write negatively about something, but will not offer his or her own solutions to the problem. We are left with a sour taste in our mouths.
If you’re going to point out a problem, why not also propose a solution? That would be the constructive thing to do.
If you complain about problems with summer camps, is the solution to shut down all the summer camps? Or, perhaps, we can work together to solve whatever problems there are and improve the summer camps? If you have problems with any kind of organization, is the solution to close down the organization? Or perhaps it would be more constructive to solve the problems and improve the organization?
What if you have problems with a particular community? Should the entire community be shut down? Or perhaps you can offer positive ideas on how to improve the community?
It is never constructive to suggest that we just shut down everything. It is the ultimate negative approach. The way of the Rebbe is always positive.
When we write negative articles, let us transform them into positive articles, by proposing viable solutions, and make things the best they can be, be’ezras Hashem!