Soren Kierkegaard introduces us to Phalaris who tortured people within bronzed bull that had a fire put under it. The cries of anguish to Phalaris the sound of a bull in his macabre entertainment. He heard what he wanted to hear and didn't hear what he didn't want to hear.
On criticism Kierkegaard says:
"I would rather be a swineherd understood by the swine, than a poet misunderstood by men..."