OPINION: Geniuses aren’t born, they’re made
By: Shayla Terry
What makes a genius? Merriam Webster identifies a genius as a person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally or in some particular respect. Today, a genius is generally considered someone with exceptional skills in mathematics and sciences. Yet from the beginning of time, geniuses have been regarded as people who can utilize the complex world of words. Writers established what the beginning of time was. They made stories, and documented events with their knowledge of the power of language. Where would be without writers?
Traders of the Silk Road during 207 B.C. spread the news of the road’s advantages by words. Yet, when they began to write the route the business became more profitable. The Bible is the most notarized book of all time. It became because disciples were commissioned to write the evolution of Christianity. Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press helped to further knowledge and words throughout Europe, and eventually the world.
To be able to articulate, and master the artistry of words is a major feet. Yet, today writers are not held to the acclaim that they once were during the Enlightment era, or even the antebellum times of the south. Fore Fathers of varying nations recognize the power of writers, and language… So why do we no longer know?
The youth of today is spoiled by the quickness of the times that they grew up in. They don’t realize the power of thought and articulation. The power that reading and writing hold is truly unmeasureable to many people, particularly the people who have died to yield the capabilities. So why is it now a daunting task?
There are hundreds of ways to communicate; yet, the use of words is the basis for most. Learning words isn’t a process that is mastered. It is a never-ending climb, started from the moment one is produced. It doesn’t end when formal education is completed. It continues for life.
What shies people from writing to articulate one’s self? The work. Writing requires a lot of a person. It requires a foundational knowledge, as well as the need to always learn more. Those are basic human characteristics, if tapped into. Writing is as simple as you want it to be. If you want text message language, write that way. If you want to communicate with the flair of Old English, then write your very own sonnet.
There are a million outlets for writers to flourish these days. From traditional authors to bloggers, the market is wide open for the craft. Writing is just like any other hobby or craft, you have to practice it. It also requires a lot of editing. Even though it allows for big critiques, the finished product is beyond rewarding. You’ll have your own body of work cemented in time.
Don’t limit your mind to the size of your location. Allow your mind to grow, and your words to flow. Think. Write.