10th November ‘10  (taken from my personal journal…)

Terry Pratchett makes a good point in his book ‘Unseen Academicals’ where on page 407 the bus driver implied in his words to Glenda that
the more a person is capable of, the more they should do’.
How true.

The context of the conversation was that Mister Nutt (an Orc, but a very clever and very knowledgable, self-educated Orc) always strived to be ‘of worth’.  In that conversation, it came out that his understanding of being ‘worthy’ was that he should leave the world a better place than when he arrived.

What a fantastically, noble dream!
Isn’t that what we should all attempt to do?!

And as the driver had implied, we should each attempt this noble goal by reaching for the extremes of our personal capabilities for the betterment of all.


What stops me from striving for this…?

  • My self-defined and self-held duty to my family in that I feel that I should not inconvenience them beyond reason – that is, reason that benefits the family. (Generally, this is restrained by perceived financial commitments.)
  • My lack of dedication to a given cause.
  • My ‘fear’ (possibly too strong a word) of what others’ will think of me.

(added 25th Nov ’10)

Just because a person is lucky enough to be blessed with an ability that others do not have by accident of birth does not mean that they should use it, only that it would, or could be better if they did.

… but it would seem to be a waste if they didn’t use it…

(added 1st Dec ’10)

What if they didn’t want to use their natural talent?

They don’t have to.  There are no rules of life that says that a person must.  In fact, even if there were, it would mean that the person would be forced to do something against their will.

In such a case, it might be found that another person with a lower level of the same talent may advance further than the talented one… quite simply through an interest in the task.