Hello world, this is the Whiz Kid aka Patricio el gamer with another blog post. Have not written in a while. Still have yet to embark back on my journey to the States.
Been visiting family in the motherland aka Africa. I always feel it nice to always reconnect with one’s roots, where ever that may be. Only via traveling does one truly develop a more wholesome picture and understand of other cultures, people and lifestyle.
The reason for my writing is on a subject matter that I can’t seem to grasp and or “figure out.” The difference between talent and experience. Throughout my life, I have met extraordinary gifted and talented individuals.
So the question or inquiry that boggles my mind is that, are these or were these people born this way or was it by some transformation of sorts or via experience and or experimentation did these individuals become exceptional at their work.
Although childish in nature, a typical example I would like to note or point out is with one of my favorite cartoon shows or animations, Naruto.
Naruto, an orphan at an early age, due to the 9 tails attack on the Hidden Leaf Village 16 years ago, conducted and orchestrated by a “mask man,” which was later revealed in the series to have been Obito Uchiha. Obito Uchiha, originally, a kind, loving individual had underwent a drastic or dramatic character change, into a borderline schizophrenic after seeing his comrade, Kakashi, kill Rin, the girl who he had secretly been in love with, right before his eyes.
This experience is what caused the 14 year old, to adopt a bitter and cynical viewpoint of the shinobi world and system. Itachi alike, at the tender age of seven noticed or was aware of the growing tension between his Clan, the Uchihas and the others, who resided in the village. It seemed the Uchihas possessed some innate characteristic or gift, which made others fear them.
How this connects or relates to daily or everyday life is that, although fiction, the stories of the characters resemble and mimic potential real life scenarios and conditions. Feelings of Unease, unrest, disappointments even. As was with the case between Rock Lee and Sasuke early on in the series. Even prior to the written examinations, the two met briefly and even had a little sparing match.
As the story unravels a little more, the audience learns of Sasuke’s betrayal of the Village in search of power as promised to him by the serpent himself, Orochimaru, in the Forrest of the chunin exams. Not entirely sure if Masashi Kishimoto purposely used the forest as a biblical symbol or reference, but as the protagonist, Naruto, grows up, he learns the truth about the circumstances and events seconds, minutes or hours prior to his birth as well.
The Jonin sensei of team 7, Kakashi, was responsible for the lives of his students as the team went on D rank missions to begin with and later progressed into more difficult C rank missions as the genins became wiser and more experienced shinobi.
At the age of 13, I believe it was, the three genins, Sasuke, Sakura and Naruto went off separately to train with their respective sanin masters Jiraiya, Lady Tsunade and Orochimaru, for a period of three years before becoming elite shinobi, as would be called in the Naruto verse, written by Masashi Kishimoto and his team of advisers and assistants.
After the three years of Training, even Sakura, in my personal opinion, the weakest of the Three genins, on Team 7, becomes an exceptional medical Ninja herself after learning the arts of healing and the essence and duties of a medical personal on the battlefield.
So the second question that comes to mind or rather a realization or epiphany is that, these qualities and traits can be adopted, but were they ever the inherent, innate capacity of the individual to begin with or rather learned.
Link(s) to some of my other posts
Hard Work vs Talent
Why Some Succeed and Others Fail?
Science vs Religion