Sunday, March 10, 2019

Luck of the Irish?

The "luck of the Irish" is probably a saying you've heard time and time again, so are the Irish really lucky?  What is luck? What is more important, luck or hard work? To someone that sees themselves as "unlucky", I'm sure they would say luck is most important. While someone that has worked from the ground up, would say that hard work is more valuable. Instead of seeing the two as luck and hard work, let's look at them as talent and skill. Talent is something that you're born with while skill is something that you practice over and over, perfecting. Of course, it's easy to say that someone is better off with a natural born talent rather than someone that has to continually practice in order to get anywhere. Let's use the story that almost everyone has heard before, the tortoise and the hare. The hare had a natural born ability to be very fast and he was aware of this talent while the tortoise was made to be very slow and most would believe he had no ability to compete with the hare.

 During the race, the hare figured his talent of running very quickly, would ensure him of a first place prize so, he decide to take a nap and not work toward the goal over a stretch of time but all at once. Meanwhile, the tortoise knew that he was not very fast and would have to work very hard to even finish the race, let alone win. The tortoise never gave up and perceived until he got to the finish line while, the hare over slept and no ability or talent in the world would get him the end of the race in time. To me, the meaning of this story tells me that while talent is great and amazing, it's not everything. Talent without hard work is pointless. You can have the ability to do great things but without hard work, the talent is useless. Talent is only potential without hard work. Wherever the phrase 'Luck of the Irish' originates from or what is was originally intended to mean, the fact is that the Irish are very lucky people. They are proud of themselves and their country and culture.  They are hardworking, friendly, and popular with the world.

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