March 11, 2015
“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it”
This is a very interesting and enlightening quote of Confucius. There are a couple things that come to mind when I hear this. Firstly, contemptment is coming to mind. Now, this is one of those words that people have varied opinions on. Someone once told me, “a little discontemptment is not bad, it is a driving force to make us want to be better people”. I agree with this but, I don’t think it is so much discontemptment that drives us to be better people, but there has to come a point in life that we want to become better people simply for the sake of becoming a better person. Aristotle mentions this, along with other people, that something done that would be considered virtuous means nothing basically if the motive behind it is not right. I want to become a better person because a better person I want for myself,, not because of ‘fear of punishment or hope for reward”, as Einstein says. I don’t want to say this concept is lost in todays society, but it does seem that it is not praised, at least publicly. Are we not hearing about the character of people or the qualities they have because it is inferred that people should have these, or is it that the “virtues” are not valued in themselves as before? Another thing that comes to mind when looking at the above reading is that there is always room for improvement. Life as I am coming to know is a process of growth just as any other living thing goes through. I believe a lot of my troubles are caused by weak roots. Now, my parents, bless their hearts, tried their best with me, and they themselves are some of the best role models I know, but for some reason, which I have not determined yet, these qualities they tried to teach me just did not stick at a young age, and truly I have not really started to appreciate their importance and value until the last few years. When I look at my life it is still amazing to me how far of the path I had strayed. What went wrong? Did something go wrong? Or was it meant for me to go through the things I went through so I can gain a better understanding and be able to use these experiences to affect change or to inspire. We as humankind are always trying to become better, gain a greater ability. I think it is natures demand that we continue to grow. We were built to adapt, change, creat, think, etc, things that other levels of existence just do not do. In my reading lately I am starting to get the sense of how vast the wealth of knowledge is. It funny though, because the more I seek knowledge, the more apparent it is that I do not know very much. Sometimes it is disheartening that I look at the years behind me and I did not put forth effort as I am today. The question is again, was I meant to go through these things to gain a greater appreciation today? One day maybe I’ll know and maybe I won’t, but either way, I am not going to stop looking.