Bright: (adj) giving out or reflecting a lot of light
Incandescence–a word we don’t often use.
But it is essential for all people who are bright–that is, mentally acute–to also be bright–showing forth some brilliance, so that their intelligence can be noticed.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where intelligence gets awards and ignorance gets attention.
You can see that might create problems.
I’m not suggesting that ignorance receive awards, but it would be nice if those who are bright were actually… bright.
I’ve had parents explain to me that their son or daughter is “a bookworm,” and that their miracle child had read several hundred volumes. But the problem is, you see, that the kid was incapable of speaking.
The child cast no shadow–so all the knowledge was locked up in a big, black box–with no key.
On the other hand, I’ve met kids who never touched a book for fear of getting a disease from the cover. But they had personality, leadership–brightness.
If our best and brightest don’t possess the incandescence to illuminate themselves for consideration, then our world is in some serious trouble.
When you’ve been given a message to be “the light of the world,” there is a responsibility to also nurture the function to be human, kind and able to interact with your fellow-travelers.
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