Friday, July 22, 2011

Intensive Reading 03 - Tim (23)

All people have their own individual opinion on certain matters. For me,I disagree with the last statement the author made: “When one person believes in you, anything is possible.” I feel that the confidence and trust of a single person in you is insufficient to make all tasks within your grasp to achieve.



First of all, there are certain physical activities that simply cannot be accomplished by human motivation. The word ‘anything’ which the author uses is very ambiguous can mean a wide variety of things, but in this case, I will simply assume it means a task of any kind, whether physical or mental. Here, we are dealing with the physical. If you were doing very lousily in science, and yet you had aspirations to be a brilliant engineer, you would be reasonably discouraged and disappointed. Then a good friend comes along and encourages you to pursue your dreams. So, you may get some surge of enthusiasm and suddenly score much better in your science test than you did before. But, that does not ensure that in the future, you can design a flying machine that can travel at the speed of light. Such feats are undoubtedly impossible, even with the greatest motivation. Basically, there are fixed limitations to which we are restricted to. Hence, we cannot do just ‘anything’ in the physical aspect.



Second, there are certain mental feats simply cannot be accomplished by human motivation. In this case, let us take for example, a scenario where you feel extremely sad over the tragic loss of a previous best friend that had been caused in a most cruel and unfair way, making you angry, sad and hopeless. Another pal within your inner circle of good friends comforts you to the best of his ability. Of course, eventually, he will calm you down and help you get back to ‘normal life’. But, he still would not be able to perpetually etch out the terrible memories you have of how you had lost your friend. Like physical feats, there is a firm boundary that ends due to limitations that simply cannot be passed. Hence, we cannot do just ‘anything’ in the mental aspect.



Third, confidence and trust alone cannot bring yourself to the capability of achieving a task within the limitations. Confidence and trust may place in you some sort of burning desire to do something which will resolve the problems which you are now facing. However, just because you have a great passion, it does not mean that you will accomplish it. Besides having the confidence and trust from someone else, you need to be wise, patient, etc. and also remove old habits which will prevent you from achieving your desire. It is certain that without these other virtues and changes, you will never succeed.



Thus, I conclude that the confidence and trust of a single person in you is insufficient to make all tasks within your grasp to achieve. The author should have made his/her statement more clear, realistic and practical.

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