Sunday, April 08, 2012

Ascrbing The Term "Godly" or "Godlike"

Reading comments on various websites like YouTube, Facebook, and whatnot, you come across people ascribing people, musicians especially, with the term of "godly" or "godlike."  They put on this pedestal because of this level of talent they find "godly."  Here is the problem, nobody is "godly" in terms of their talent.  As good as they may be, they are certainly not "godly."  Sure their are people out there that are egotistical enough to think they are "godly" because they think they are just that good.  But the fact still remains that ascribing such a label is so unrealistic.

There are people out there that can't handle such a label.  It's too much pressure for them.  They may feel like they have to be at a certain level because of the fear of being a failure.  Is it really worth to have someone possibly feel this way just because you think they are at such a level?  It's pretty high praise considering you are just a mere fan.  Instead of ascribing a label of "godly" or "godlike," you can just bask in their talent and be n complete awe of what they are able to do.  It's all about being humble.

The term "godly" or "godlike" does not lend itself to humility or humbleness.  There is an adage that is, "be humble in all you do."  You need to be humble and have humility in all you do regardless of how good you are at whatever you do. Myself, if I get a compliment of any kind, I feel humbled that someone would think enough of what I do musically to render a compliment towards me.  I understand that not everyone will think what I do is good and that's their right to do so, but I take great humility in such compliments.

People need to stop ascribing this label because as I said, it's unrealistic.  Nobody is "godly" or "godlike."  They need to realize that they are just very talented humans who developed their natural talent or got that talent by practicing.  They didn't just pick up an instrument and automatically play some intricate piece.  Even the naturally talented musicians, artists, and whatnot have perfect their craft over years of work.  Sure their are prodigies, but even they need grooming to harness their potential.

1 comment:

Matthew said...

You make a good point about humility because, as developed as we may be in any area, an evolving world means there will always be further to go.

That's exciting to me, to not have to worry about getting to a certain point so that I can be 'done.' Always more to learn, always more to become. And this realization should imbue us with a great deal of humility.