To Each a Talent, a Gift

Everyday heroes, ordinary people, each have extraordinary gifts. The first goal is to find their own special area of expertise, their talent. Each gifted in their own special way.

Like in the movie “Mystery Men”, when the ‘big name’ superheroes have been wiped out, there are tryouts for others. Imagine, if you will, one that has the gift of patience, knowing when to act.

“If your talent is so important, why didn’t you come last time when we held the earlier auditions?”

Patience replies, “Had I come then, would my talent have even been considered?”

The judge grumbles, “Well, no, I suppose not.”

“I rest my case.”

Sorry for the off-beat fictionalization but I think you get my drift: flashier abilities seem to draw our attentions more.

The long-running Xanth series by Peirs Anthony started with a volume about a young man growing up in a magical world where simply everyone had a magical talent. Whether it was something important like making lightning or something minor like making warts appear, everyone had something.

Then there was this fellow, Bink. Though many people tried for several years to ferret out his power, no one could find anything manifest. So he went off to ask the great Wizard about giving him a hand.

On the way, he gathers others who need to go to the Wizard for some assistance with their abilities. Though they seem to be getting better at them as they progress toward the center of the magical world. They thought the nearness to the “center of power” was somehow assisting them.

Long story, short, Bink’s ability turned out to be enhancing the talents of others. Any weak-powered person became stronger when standing near the young man and those with outstanding powers got even more powerful.

The moral is that none of us is ever fully aware of what powers we have that may be of use.

Education systems in America and most of the more progressive nations in the world focus on the mathematical and scientific abilities of their students.

And, while it is true that those are the fields feeding into the fast-growing technology industries, those are not the only, nor the most important talents we can possess.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of children being “left behind” even after Bush’s wonderful education reforms, because “No Child Left Behind” emphasizes the same math and science hierarchy. These other children are being cast aside by the system in favor of the more tech savvy.

Fortunately, centuries past found people who were not quite so blind and we have masterpieces in music and art to share still. Literary works from the pre-Christian era continue to survive.

What will we have to show our descendants? Better circuitry? Better programming? Faster chip speeds?

And why didn’t God help us all this this regard? Actually, the Almighty did not give us all the same skillset for a reason. A very good reason.

Just like His creation of many different types of wheat… so when a parasite comes along to destroy the wheat, only one variety of the grain will be decimated. (Of course, with our wonderful technology we now have Genetically-Modified crops that have no such variation, so one predator will wipe out the entire worldwide supply.)

The Almighty made us all different for survival. When one civilization falls – and with it, all the things they considered important – others with different talents can rebuild civilization elsewhere.

But that can only happen if we do not eradicate the ones without the proficiency in technology we crave at the moment.

Sure, you say but God can make more… but what if those traits have been genetically modified out of us? Yes, there are some who advocate this as a very good idea.

Others claim that God would not allow this to happen!

Oh, really? Watch.

I imagine even some of the dinosaur were once so egotistical.

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2 Responses to “To Each a Talent, a Gift”

  1. Dan Says:

    “Long story, short, Bink’s ability turned out to be enhancing the talents of others. Any weak-powered person became stronger when standing near the young man and those with outstanding powers got even more powerful.”

    This was not Bink’s talent. His talent was that he was immune to all magic, which was considered to be of ‘magician level.’ Spells thrown at him would fail in some fashion or be deflected.

  2. jallocar Says:

    Thanks, Dan. After so many years, I thought I would have remembered the tale a little better than I did but looks like I have apparently mixed it up with some other tale.

    Maybe I should revisit the volume.

    Enjoyed the post and thanks for responding!

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