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The Metal in our Souls

Is it possible that all of us hold, within our souls or minds, an end that we are destined or born to take? I do not mean that we are inevitably forced down a single path, or that we are without free will and sentenced to a certain end, but rather that there are certain activities we have greater dispositions of power and will towards, activities that we are naturally inclined to do and naturally better at. We are not forced to pursue these things, whether they be sport or editing or whatever, but there is something in us that takes a simple joy or pleasure in completing these tasks. In other words, these are tasks or activities done for the inherent good that is within them. So then, it would seem with a writer, who writes out of pure enjoyment of the art or an athlete who plays out of absolute joy in the game for these people did not choose to pursue this route for the external ends such as money -- especially in the case of the writer -- or fame, but because the end naturally fulfilled them with some sort of pleasure, some sort of happiness.

In these people, we could say, was the disposition to do their respective art all along. Much like metal, which holds in it the power to cut, we too hold within us the power to do something extraordinary and great. But similar to that metal, we are not inherently able to do that thing, for metal must first be melted, fashioned, and sharpened before it can wield the power to cut. So too must we hone our own powers, fashion our own minds and bodies to allow us to accomplish whatever it is we pursue for its own end. Whether it be the fixing of cars, the filming of movies, or aiding of others. We are all dull metals, but with dauntless practice and arduous labor we can turn ourselves into swords which cut straight to the heart of the matter.

This I wonder.

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I liked this entry and it did get me thinking about what I am truly capable of. I have met people who aren't disabled at all but are still morons. People who've come from well off families and instead of doing better things with their time they party all night and sleep half the day. I may not have many skills but At least I'm a honest person and a hard worker. Thank you for writing this.
 
playerslayer666;bt7607 said:
I liked this entry and it did get me thinking about what I am truly capable of. I have met people who aren't disabled at all but are still morons. People who've come from well off families and instead of doing better things with their time they party all night and sleep half the day. I may not have many skills but At least I'm a honest person and a hard worker. Thank you for writing this.

You don't need many skills to be successful, just hone those you have until they are excellent. I might recommend reading Aristotle if you found this interesting, by the way, as he's the reason I thought any of this :)
 

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