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Is It Better To Born Genius Than Talented?
Genius or Talented, what you choose?
"Genius does what it must,a talent does what it can".A Genius is not born everyday.They are rare as blue moon.The word genius implies very extraordinary or native powers,especially as displayed in original creations,discoveries and achievement.They are inborn and are independent of instruction or training.While talent on the other hand,is an ability with which we are blessed and can be acquired by learning or instruction.Thus while talent is a capacity to learn to do a thing well,genius is an inborn inspiration,that drives a man to do a thing with original excellence.Thus while a 'genius'does what it must,a talent does what it can.
Given a choice I would like to be born genius,for imagine having to bestow something new and inspiring to mankind like Newton or Shakespeare.They were indeed trailblazers in their respective field sand left behind a rich trail for others to dwell on.A talented person is also equally great but it is the originality that makes the difference.This is why we call the painting of Monalisa by Leonard De Vinci a work of genius.Though there have been equally good painting by many a talented painters,but they do not command this distinction.
Geniuses have been known to thrive in all circumstances.Their genus has sparkled in the most unfavorable of environment.We have thus illustrious personalities like William Shakespeare,Mirza Galib,Thomas Edison etc to name a few.They were born in acute poverty,but their genius raised them to pinnacle of glory,making them immortal.They did not even have the privilege of formal education,but the literary wealth that they bequeathed to us,makes even the so-called educated man bliss with ignorance.Their language style and presentation are as original as during their times.So loaded are they with wisdom and truth,that they are as relevant today as they were then.A few of them like Mirza Galib,were even so unaware of their genius that had it not been for their patrons,who painstakingly compiled their collections,the world would have been that much poorer today.
They are therefore,God's gift to mankind and are born after centuries. they have illuminated our lives in varied fields,for example,we have Beethoven's in Music,Albert Einstein in Science and Mahatma Gandhi in social welfare.They in their life time,left behind a legacy so rich and varied,that it continues to inspire generations.Theirs works are benchmarks,against which we ordinary mortals set about acquiring talent,basking in their reflected glory.
Thus I would also like to make some innovative contribution to society,rather than be reduced to a mere copy of the works of a true genius.This is by no means derogatory for talented people,who are also great peoples.But when it comes to a choice then why choose a replica,when you can have the unique.So a genius I would be,leaving behind for posterity,a malady to cure mankind of the ills of materialism.Propagating a new trail in Social engineering.Where there is no rich,no poor and no suffering.