Comparison and Wonder

Pondering a term.

                Here’s a perspective of comparison.  Let’s say I’m 5’5” tall (or 4’1″).  My friend is 5’9” tall, and another fellow invited to go fishing with us is 6’2” tall.  Well, to me, from that closer to terra firma locale, both of the others are tall, one very tall.  To my friend, I’m short and the other fellow coming along is tall.  And to the new guy, we’re both short, myself very short.  Yet, with all of us, it’s simply a matter of perspective.   For if while returning home from fishing, should we stop off at a 7-Eleven and meet an NBA star, perhaps 7’0” tall, we’re all small in comparison.

                We can also say the same thing with skills such as running, jumping, and throwing, though with many sports, hard work and good coaching will go a long way.  However, as in the cool movie, “Rudy,” nothing would ever have gotten him into the NFL.  He understood the game of football, worked very hard, never gave up, and so being on the practice squad most all of his time in college, earned one opportunity to suit up for the game partaking in three plays, thus being an official member of the team.  He just, as we understand, didn’t have the speed, quickness, size, and strength necessary to go very far.  But, he had a wonderful time being part of the entire university experience, garnering a fantastic education. 

                Then there’s intelligence, which I find difficult to both quantify and qualify.  There are those things called IQ tests, and they do/can “quantify” to some degree certain skillsets, but I’ve always believed with practice and coaching, many of those skillsets can be improved.  And there’s something else.  Different kinds of intelligence.  For instance, in one of my long-ago classes, I had a student that “others” said would be difficult and wasn’t very intelligence.  Well, within two weeks, we had an understanding and I discovered, much to my amazement, that he understood far more than anyone discussed.  After returning from a field trip, I had him share with the class what we had all seen and learned, and it was like a whole other education.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening, even hearing things I hadn’t considered but which he had realized. 

                Even money is an interesting discussion.  While our former president extraordinaire has garnered over three billion dollars as an amazing business man, one of his then opponents had around 57 billion.  However, while the first fully understood the economy, international issues, and modes of communication, the latter, with all of his money, had very little understanding, street smarts, and ability (as we saw) in communicating with the public, perhaps other politicians, and utilizing advertisement, falling far short in votes.  It was quite an interesting opportunity to view, listen, and ponder. What we saw was money couldn’t buy the necessary votes. There was something difficult to define and qualify that separated the two.

                When I hear about how “special” someone is because they excel in sports, making money, and so forth, I’m reminded that each of us is not contained in anyone’s box.  What one person might view as important, or special, another might have a different concept.  And while one person can throw a ball accurately, another run a small business well, another sing to the birds, and another communicate well with the public, how anyone perceives or views is only for them. Time and again, I’ve found it interesting how one photographer sees the world around them differently from another, or how one person’s culinary skills focuses on different dishes from another.

                Part of the idea for the article came a week after hearing about how “special” an athlete is.  That comment has always seemed “odd” to me.  For I could not see how running and catching made someone special, though the skills are excellent for competition. I can’t even see how having a high IQ makes anyone special, though they can put their skills towards teaching, becoming an engineer, or running a business. Or having a wonderful singing voice. And while those talents or skills, in “comparison” sets people apart in the eyes of so many, and I appreciate a well-coached team, hard work and determination, the lesson I have learned is separate from certain adjectives. And that reminded me when I was growing up and I heard people say something about me, and I thought, but that’s just a part.  I guess I’ve always been inquisitive.

                Comparison is an interesting concept. And I think each person should be true to themselves.  And one thing I’ve learned is we’re all created for a reason.  And often, while I don’t know the reasons, sometimes I’m fortunate to see things, and sometimes what others haven’t considered (They can see those things too if they’re looking.).

**There are wonders, questions, and new things we see each and every day. Often, right in front of us or around the next corner.

**Two good movies: The Bourne Identity and The Last Valley. If someone asked which film I liked better, I would explain it’s not that simple. While we’ve seen the first many times, for the technology and editing was at the top of what was then film technology and editing, I appreciate the latter more so for the characters, issues, and often real-life ponderings, even things related to history. And I would not seek to compare. We’re more interested in the quality of the story and how well the characters portray their roles.

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