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Challenges Are to Be Met

Posted by C Moon on December 6, 2007

Michelangelo once stated “it is more dangerous to set our goals too low and achieve them all than to set our goals too high and falling short.” By avoiding challenges, one can definitely sustain a comfortable life. However, if one takes up no challenge at all, he fails to discover himself, that is, his limits and foibles.

Based on his experience as an officer in Burma, George Orwell wrote the essay Shooting an Elephant. On the first half of the account, George Orwell constantly reminds himself that he must behave like a British officer. He “mentions” that he thinks that he is not superior to the Burmese, but he struggles to appear superior. Hence, when he encounters the challenge, whether to shoot the elephant, he becomes aware of how much he is vulnerable. In the fear that the Burmese might ridicule him, he shoots the elephant against his own will. With this incident, he realizes his limits. Without the challenge of shooting the elephant, George Orwell would have hidden behind the mask of someone “superior,” failing to discover himself. Without challenges, one is only able to realize the slightest aspects of oneself.

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Photo Credits: “Camondo Stairs” by marielito on Flickr

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