Matus1976 Posted November 7, 2006 Share Posted November 7, 2006 Well Jonathan, I am glad to see there is some pretentious abrasiveness on this forum after all to warrant the moderator’s criticisms. Assuming you are right then, Jonathan, how come you are not great? Were you born so retarded that you can not pick up an instrument and pluck a string, or so dumb that you can not read and write? Is your brain unable to form long term memories or even to recognize patterns, like an idiot savant? Are you a moron, idiot, retard, imbecile or what? I have not one single time ever advocated that because a person is capable of great things that they owe it to themselves or to society to do them. No one has the moral obligation to do absolutely everything they can to be great. That implies you have some obligation that you owe the world for your own existence. If you want to be great and work toward doing great things that is your own prerogative. To think they have some moral obligation is hardly more than the modern secular equivalent of original sin. To attribute your lack of greatness, however, to some abstract mystical fundamental inability because you weren’t ‘born’ with the right stuff is extremely intellectually dishonest. If you have ever thought ‘Well no matter how hard I try I couldn’t do it’ then you have committed this ultimate lie to yourself. As to why I am not great, if you had actually read any of the posts or thought for 10 seconds about what I was saying, instead of looking for an opportunity to jump out and pat yourself on the back for trying to insult someone, you would have noticed that, for starters, to even become an ‘expert’ at something requires about 20,000 hours of effort, or about 10 years. See Scientific Americans excellent article on the subject - http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa...r=1&catID=2 which again presents plenty of scientific evidence supporting what I have been saying. How many hours are required to be a great genius? Probably more like 50,000. To become a genius at something requires devotion to virtually that one thing and nothing else for a large part of your life, I have no interest in becoming the greatest weldor to walk to face of the earth, nor the greatest 3d animator, I intend only to become good enough at the things I study in order for them to be useful for my long term goals. So you make the extremely incorrect assumption that because one *could* be great they ought to be, that because I think (and the evidence backs me up) almost anyone can be a genius at almost anything that I must become a genius at something, or that I would even want to become the greatest of any particular thing. If you can only contribute abrasive attempts at insult please do not bother to contribute. Were you born with that ability or have you been developing it with effort over time?I was not aware that Rand’s philosophy, which advocated the idea that all the great advances of humanity have come from the singular intransigent effort of a minority or great, motivated, hard working individuals staying true to their ultimate ideals (which the scientific evidence backs) was replaced with the mystical notion of the great god kings born in material form on earth and blessing us with their innate greatness. Michael F Dickey Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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