Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It sure is great to be misunderstood:)

'Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.' Ralph Waldo Emerson.... or some other quotable sage.

So I am great..... because I am often misunderstood?
A rhetoric question that...

I do know that I am great. Just because you are tempted to disagree does not negate that fact. You will be considered great too should you have the strength..... yes, the strength I said, to resist the temptation to call me out on this so obvious falsity.

You feel impelled to point out that greatness is not, nay, cannot be self appointed. You will more likely than not be quick to point back at history... at those figures of greatness that were Jesus... and Galileo, and Newton and what have you.... and ask that I compare.... or compete with their accomplishments.

But you will have missed the point.... entirely missed it.

And the point here being? You should ask. And in so asking, admit that indeed you did miss a point.... though a point there be none.

See, I am not in the habit of making points.... nor am I in a rush to break that said habit... or lack there of. I speak... or write; to write... or speak, for the mere sake of it.... be it speaking or writing. And therein lies my greatness.... right there in my speech.... or literature... whatever the case may be.

So in an effort to demystify this misunderstanding that makes great men great..... I suffer to ask... Should I intentionally misunderstand misunderstood men... great men that is, would I then succeed in understanding them and in that way strip them of their greatness?

5 comments:

Crystal balls said...

Yes.

Now then, if resisting the urge to contradict you makes me great, then what am I if I agree with you, coz i think you're great at being great...

aren't i great?

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Tandra said...

eh... me has forgotten my point! assuming there was one to make anyhu...

Peace said...

I wish I too could be misunderstood.

Ms. emmotions said...

'shuld i intentionally misunderstand the misunderstood'
those were from ur lines...

now if misunderstanding the misunderstood would make room for gr8ness, then i beg to be misunderstood cos in this case, it did pay to be misunderstood cos we would all ve deviated from the point ! ...lmao

candybox said...

To be understood would make life monotonous. So do i pretend to be misunderstood to make myself interesting...mmhh. Will consider.