You’re Writing to Share, Not to Boast Your Penmanship

You’re Writing to Share, Not to Boast Your Penmanship

-Justin David G. Pineda


In this world, different kinds of people appear in the society. That's right. They have different ways of interpreting their lives. One may be silent, the other maybe boastful, some could be humorous, others are considered to be natural intelligent and some others are know-it-alls. The focus of this essay lies in a special kind of personality of a living creature in the highest class of animals.

When we define "human beings", committing mistakes is one truth of what the word really means. But somehow, "some" try not to commit mistakes. Now, let me ask you: Does perfection qualify you as a human being?

The essay talks about the reality on the unjustly acts of the adults against, of course, the youth. Here, I'm not referring to all adults but I just got interested dealing with some instances wherein they use their authority (sometimes they know and sometimes not) in a wrong position. I don't give favor to the youth. This is just what I've observed.

When we say a person is youth, we mean early period of anything. Here's a question: What is the big difference between a juvenile and youth? Juvenile is the same as immature. Therefore, a youth could be juvenile or not. For example, eventhough a boy's just three years of age but he could play Mozart's fast playing piano pieces, he is not considered juvenile in the field of playing piano (put in mind that he's just a kid).

Here's a scenario: There was a speech class. Various people of different ages were part of the said class. There were people of about 20 years of age, bunch of 30's who were already married, couple of nearly senior citizens and about 5 teenagers about 14-16 years of age. A boy, who was included in the teenagers' group, delivered a speech infront of a crowd. Before the delivery, he practiced all the time, reading the speech over and over again. He also practiced speaking and toning it properly to make the delivery beautiful. Then his teacher came. She listened to the boy's speech. When ye hear the speech, ye will consider it great, fine, fascinating and reliable. But the teacher was not impressed. She criticized the boy's speech and looked for mistakes, which the boy did though others weren’t really mistakes at all. Everything was always checked. That's why when the boy delivered his speech, it was a successful and a perfect one. The words were said very emphasized and the spirit of the speech was really awakened. The voice was very clear. But still, the teacher was not impressed.

Weeks later, it was the teacher's turn to deliver a speech. The teacher ranges about 20-30 years older than the boy. Nobody criticizes her because they knew she could do it well. When she delivered the speech, it seems that she never looked nor scan the pages of the speech to be delivered for review. She read it on the spot. That's why a lot of mistakes were committed. Many of her pronunciations were wrong and the life of the speech wasn't awakened. Eventhough she had lots of mistakes, still, a lot people congratulated her for a job well done in delivering a speech infront of a dazzling crowd.

Now, let's look at both cases. The first one, a boy delivered a speech nicely because he practiced too much but still, he was criticized a lot by his teacher. The second one, a teacher of speech delivered a speech very poorly because she didn't review it but she still got lots of applause from people. When you examine the cases, where should the award go? To the boy who delivered a speech nicely because he practiced too much or to the teacher of speech who delivered a speech very poorly because she didn't review it? Why do you think the congratulations went to the teacher? Actually to tell you more specific, the teacher is not a speech master but just an ordinary person who is 20-30 years older than the boy. Because she is older, people think that she is better than the boy. That's my point. Sometimes, a youth did the plan perfectly but because he's young, no merit but demerit is given.

Here's another scenario: A boy who is around 15 drives easily with his car. One time, a woman rode with him. The woman is older than him. Actually, the woman is already working and a driving veteran. The boy started the wheel and off they go. On the way, the woman scolded the boy because he was running too fast. But seeing the car, it's just going with the same speed as the other vehicles. So, slower he went. After some seconds, the woman gave a sermon to the boy for driving too slow. Of course, the boy changed his speed again. Up to the destination, the woman didn't stop seeing mistakes from the boy. (to tell you, the boy doesn't have any license at all but really is a cautious and good driver)

Going home, the woman was the one who drove the car. On their way, she was driving very, very fast and merely hitting pedestrians. Then, counter flowing to overtake, luck saved them from crashing into a big truck. But nobody dared to scold her. That's because she's older.

I'm not writing to offend nor insult the adults. But it is reality. I'm not pinpointing that every adult has that kind of use of power in a wrong position. But some of them are doing that. Because what bothers me, is that it's becoming discriminatory against the youth. You will do your 110% but the other doesn't have any effort at all but still gets what he wants. Is it fair? That isn’t right. I'm not mad. It's just an observation.

In the first scenario, eventhough the teacher didn't correct the boy, he will present a beautiful speech. Think about it. Who has lots of efforts? And in the second scenario, the woman threatens the boy that he might get jailed because he is driving without license. But look at her, she has license but merely killed pedestrians and risking their lives by counter flowing in a curve just for the sake of going home early. Is it right? That isn't right. Those stories were told to me by my friends and made me realized that there's something wrong. Even people at my age (15), use their power in a wrong position. A leader in the church always gets mad at the altar boys (8-10 years of age) for committing a lot of mistakes. Even if it is already correct, he still can't be pleased. But when it is his time to perform, mistakes also come. Nobody dares to correct him because he wouldn't stand corrected. See, there's always a gap even in youth, which we can't get away.

What I can't understand is that we can't be perfect but God created us to be perfect. Why did I say that? It’s because God hates sins. To avoid sins means to be perfect. We are human beings. And as what I've said, humans commit mistakes. But we must not live in mistakes nor in perfection. Excellence is not being the best but doing your best you can.

This essay goes to all people not only to the adults but also to the youth adults and everybody else. The moral here is to be open and not to be afraid of committing mistakes also. Because in my opinion, to be afraid of facing mistakes will never help you improve. It is also unbecoming a human. Mistakes are lessons to be learned but it doesn’t mean that we live only in mistakes. That’s the contrary but also incorrect. For me, I always admit my mistakes because I know it will help me a lot. Also, it's very embarrassing to see that children admit their mistakes while the older ones don't. It's very humiliating. I hope that this essay will serve as a guide to change our ways. Always remember that we write to share and not to boast our penmanship.

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