Only those who will risk …

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Exploring the boundaries of your own abilities is no easy feat. In order to discover what you ‘are made of’, you must first take your body and soul to the limit. This, in return, grants you a great deal of self-awareness and helps you build a strong character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is quite accurate in describing the depths of the human character. How you perceive yourself with your ‘mind’s eye’ may seriously differ from what you could be able to put to practice. One’s power of will is purely mesmeric until proven in a real-life situation.
You can read of great wars and follow blind patriotism, but when faced with the very real threat of dying be a coward. What is vital is that you never comfort yourself that you handle any situation solely because you can imagine yourself doing so.
This statement of Emerson shows his sagacity. At the present time a man lives far more subtle and peaceful life. Rarely are one’s rights to life and freedom threatened, so basically there is no need for one to show neither courage nor valour. People’s worries are in a way laughable in the context of a past era when a mother would lose her sons to war or one would witness his brother’s death. Compare that great human drama to your girlfriend cheating on you and you will see just how pathetic your problems can be.
So, in conclusion, the path to self exploration is a tough one and quite often confusing. In finding ways to display a strong character you truly find out how far one can go.

Петър Христов 12и
Випуск 2011

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