Elliot Jones, Bailey Calhoun, and Macy Calhoun

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant,” said the Roman poet Quintus Horace during his peak while living in Basilicata. Horace saw the world differently from most people during his time. He believed that adversity not only brought men down, but it also brought out traits and attributes in the person afflicted. Who has remained humble to them until an attitude and perspective changing event. Adversity is known for calling upon unknown aspects about ourselves, as well as relating to establishing mental strength, and building unique character in the host. 

To begin with, Adversity is known for calling upon unknown aspects about ourselves. Most people are not exposed to some of their talents until they are introduced to hardships. For example, if people never felt anger or bitterness, they would never learn how to manage it properly or practice forgiveness. Going through hardships allows you to learn about yourself and discover who you truly are. For example, when I volunteered at my local church camp this summer to be a junior counselor, I was facing some jagged struggles in my faith, however after working with the campers and talking with them attempting to strengthen their faith, I discovered a new personal quality, that I am very relatable and good at mentoring kids. Not only has this experience shown me a hidden talent, it strengthened my faith as well. Bruce Lee also used a hardship to discover his hidden talents to learn more about his true self. Bruce Lee was a martial arts phenomenon who then was diagnosed with cerebral edema, which is when fluid fills up the brain, concluding with him dying at the age of 32. However, shortly before his death, he injured his back and could not do martial arts. Through this hardship he discovered his writing ability by writing a book of philosophies: The Tao of Jet Kune Do. Without this difficulty in Bruce’s life he wouldn’t of been able to discover his talent of writing which taught others about martial arts. Bruce is known for his remarkable quote saying, “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. His new talent brought out his hidden true self, which would have remained unknown if he wouldn’t of faced these difficulties. 

Another example of how adversity brings out talents is through strengthening yourself mentally. Some people struggle getting out of bed the morning after facing hardships, while others are able to keep going and breakthrough. Being determined and driven to address the issues generates a mindset in which you see adversity as something to be solved and overcome, not passively adopted. Sometimes dilemmas and barriers are an opportunity for alternative routes to be created, to move forward and take even bigger risks. Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” You will always go beyond what you think if you refuse to give up. Without adversities in life people wouldn’t have the mental strength to keep going and find out our talents in life. Our current generations wouldn’t be able to prosper and solve problems that have saved the world. Mental toughness has been rewarded through the hardships we face by revealing our talents. 

Finally, adversity develops unique character and diverse thoughts during its timid process. Growing up in general is a complicated journey itself. Everyone is affected by growing up in their own ways. Every person experiences their own tale of development and coming of age, which results in different attitudes, philosophies, and ideologies. When I was going through middle school I attended a private school. Obviously, the school had its own opinions on how secondary education should be orchestrated. However, what made this school's teaching rather unique from other liberal arts schools, was its focus on independent thought and how other opinions should be analyzed. This subject might seem bland and fairly easy to grasp, and I thought the same as well, but it is actually rather convoluted. Enabling youth to such a complex subject that is remaining humble to other opinions and beliefs while abiding as an independent is subject as such a young age establishes an easier understanding of the subject and makes it a common everyday trait that never becomes dormant whenever the person is listening to others opinions. While I was venturing through the early years of school, I recognized that because of the school mixing in this idea into everyday teachings, it had developed a diversified workplace. Everyone had their own opinions and beliefs which made the learning experience that much better. At an early age, I learned that everyone has different opinions, however niche they might be compared to my own. This was so because people grow up under different roofs in different families. People are indcorianted into different morals at a young age, which results in different interpretations of the world around them. A person's coming of age shapes everything about them. No single person ages the same as another. 

Some people say, challenges don't always show unknown talents. However, life isn’t just hardships for no reason. Life is often compared to a heart monitor, your ups, which are the peaks in life lead to downs, which are the lows in life. Therefore, your lows result in highs. However, when you stop living, the monitor no longer has ups or downs, it’s a straight resting line. In life we are given these hardships to find our unique talents, without them we would all be the same straight resting line, no ups or downs leading to different talents. Some people also say hardships bring out the flaws which we bury down inside ourselves, life the kids who are raised in a broken household and then develop detrimental trust issues which affect their marriages, friendships, and job relations. However, these flaws are the things in life which makes you stronger. “that which does not kill us, makes us stronger,” quoted by Friendrich Nietzche answers this claim directly. If the person who is struggling with trust issues overcomes his personal afflictions he is so much stronger than when he started which should give us the motivation to keep progressing through our struggles and to keep working toward the hope that we will find our hidden talents through what is holding yus back now. 

In conclusion, Adversity reveals talents in people that were unknown prior to the situation. Adversity is known for calling upon an unknown aspect about ourselves as well as relating to establishing mental strength, and building unique character in the host. Nevertheless, without adversity, people wouldn't have the chance to experience and use talents acquired from going through the hardships. Plus, the world would be deprived of the individuality and creativity that comes from the talents we receive through our struggles. Horace’s assertion about the role of adversity plays the life changing role in developing a person's character.