Weakness is not A Failure

When “weakness” is no longer deemed as failure, rather as sacrifice, then strength alone lies in the success of what is gained. ~Mikavelli~

Much like any logical flow of pros and cons, humans have a pattern of “strength” and “weakness”. But what if those “weaknesses” were not actually failures, but sacrifices that are made in order to achieve something that is for the greater good of self vs. man?

Take a human example, Einstein. Much as he was a genius with an intelligence that was through the roof, the sacrifices that he made were his ability to communicate with and be understood by people. As a child, young Albert had a speech delay that was not rectified until his later stages of childhood, leaving the boy uncommunicative, misunderstood, and alone with his thoughts. In his solitude, Einstein was given the space to develop the most advanced theories that till now still roam the planet. If anything, many of Einstein’s theories were so far ahead of time that it is more in today’s day-and-age that we understand the sacrifice he had made for us. And essentially for himself, because Einstein’s theories are his immortality.

Another prominent example is Beethoven, who is famously known for sacrificing his “hearing”. What fewer people seem to bring into discussion, however, was Beethoven’s obvious cyclothymic tendencies, where he would snap into “highs” of writing multiple symphonies simultaneously. In these phases, he would throw dinner gatherings and socialize religiously. However, it is argued that Beethoven would intentionally overwork in order to push himself into a melancholic state of mind whereby his best and most prominent works were created. In the latter stages of life when he lost his hearing, Beethoven unfortunately stooped into full-blown depression.

These are merely two of many well-known examples of Greats who have sacrificed aspects their own “humanity”, as millenials would call it. Incidentally, if the resources of our modern world were available at the time the Greats created the work that deemed their titles, then perhaps they would have been more stable, but at the sacrifice of our future. Perhaps, what made the Greats “great” is how much they sacrificed of themselves — of their time, of the effort, of their reputations, of their loved ones, and of their sanity.

What few speak of, are the people who are caught in the crossfires of what the Greats set-out to do. The failed relationships, the conflict with family, the friendships that always seemed unfinished…

It takes an inner strength to make sacrifices. A strength that comes from a drive only those who follow their passions find.

Everyone is set out to be Great in his or her own way, but we cannot assess each other by our weaknesses and sacrifices, only the strength that comes from it. We, in the modern world, are taught to “rectify” our weaknesses and conform to a standard, a norm. But sometimes, when we set our priorities straight, harmony falls into place.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction: we reap what we sow : what you give is what you get : what you sacrifice is what you gain

Everything is cyclical and everything is connected. Sometimes, the best action is inaction, and let things fall into place naturally.

If the Greats were pushed to conform by modern standards, there would be no modern standards in the first place. So do what you are compelled to do, let that drive be the motivation that opens your eyes every single morning. Be it your passion, your family, your friends, your work, your job, your religion or what not.

Be Great.

In your own way. Because ultimately, things fall into place.

Surrender to yourself.

Peace,

Mikavelli

 

Tech-No-Logic

Smart people ask dumb questions to arrive at genius answers.
~Mikavelli~

Einstein is known as one of the greatest thinkers of mankind. He was a genius, a scientist, an inventor, and a narcissist. In his initial years, people viewed him as eccentric and almost crazy until he was proven right, years later. He once quoted, “It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity” when he was working on the atomic bomb. Ironically, his efforts during the Second World War made him one of the contributors of modern technology.

However, his statement in the twentieth century was not welcomed by many at the time for technology was invented for the military. The majority of the generation’s new technology was designed for combat and defence. Einstein’s conjecture was made in realising how easy it was becoming to create great chaos – but also how little people were doing manually. The first computer was invented in 1822, but in 1947 the bipolar transistor was made, creating a link between the two computers. Einstein saw the conjecture: he realised that as the “computer” progressed, people would become less engaged in each other and more engaged in themselves – and what they could do with computers.

In his time, people did not respect him for these negative speculations – or they chose to ignore it on the premise of being superficially delighted by a new invention, not unlike children with a new toy. The general populous as well as those in power ignored the warnings of a genius, only to result in a modern twenty-first century of technology and laze.

Today, computers generate statistics – and we live by probability. Computers give us definitions – we categorise ourselves. Computers spread information – we can physically explore “thought”. Computers create gateways – we forget there’s a human on the other end. Computers are the reason this blog exists – or is it merely turning an idea into something concrete?

Regardless, Einstein was “only” a century ahead of his time when he made the statement, and people regarded him as the thoughtless idiot who was creative, abstract, and in the clouds. If only he were alive today, and could see the legacy he predicted.

And he predicted it because he was a part of it. He created it.

~Mikavelli~

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