To Be Great Is To Be Misunderstood

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In this world, there can be people who are courageous, strong, brave, heroic or just plain misunderstood. Just because someone is misunderstood doesn’t mean that he or she is weird or a nobody, it can be the start of something big or it can make a huge change in the world. One of the quotes that best describes this is, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” This quote can be found in the Self-Reliance story by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Although this quote may be true, it can also have an opposite effect.

One of the ways that it is true is in the history of the world. There have been many men and women who have done great things throughout time that have also been questioned, made fun of or misunderstood. Some examples are Thomas Edison. He was one of the greatest inventors of all time, especially for the light bulb. But at first people didn’t understand him and probably made fun of him too, just because he pursued dreams and tried to be himself. Another person could be Christopher Columbus. He was someone who wanted to sail and travel the world, exploring and finding new land. People didn’t understand him or trust him, but Chris persevered to do what he loved. After he could finally get enough voyagers to go with him, he did the one of the biggest things in history, discover America. This shows that to do big things one must not only be misunderstood, but must persevere and be one self also.

Although people may agree with this quote, the opposite may be true also. Some people in the world that are close friends, family, co-workers or any other individual that is well known may be understood, but also can be “great” in life. In the average house hold, the father is the main provider of the family, so he has to work, support and protect his family through thick and thin. But is he misunderstood? Most likely not, but if he does what he is supposed to do then he is a “great” person. Even the president can works for this. Like the father of his family, the president is i View More »

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