Brilliant people are opposed by many out of ignorance

Anybody saw the movie Taare Zameen Par (Every Child is Special) directed by the Indian actor and director Aamir Khan? (If not, stop whatever it is that you are doing right now and watch it. I promise you, it is worth your time.)

During his class, the art teacher Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) spoke about historical personalities like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Agatha Christie, etc. who suffered from dyslexia and yet, became great and famous people despite their condition. Take note of the names of the historical figures mentioned on this scene. The character Nikumbh spoke of actual people who contributed a lot for the betterment of mankind.

Now, before you start bashing me and ask what is the connection of what I’m saying about the topic, let me quote some lines from the movie taken from this scene I have mentioned. (I suggest you watch the movie first, or at least look for this part from the movie so that you can have a much clearer idea of what I’m trying to point out.)

“But why am l suddenly telling you all this?”, Nikumbh asked his students. “To show you that there have been such gems amongst us.. who changed the course of the world... because they could look at the world differently. Their thinking was unique and not everyone understood them. They were opposed. Yet they emerged winners and the world was amazed.”

What is Nikumbh trying to imply? He simply stated that the most brilliant of people are opposed by many because “…their thinking was unique and not everyone understood them.” What does this mean? It means that some people “oppose” out of ignorance.

I believe, like Einstein and Picasso, Pres. Duterte’s role as the leader of our country will be judged by history. Like what he said at the last part of the interview, he wishes to be remembered as simply as “Rodrigo Duterte: He Tried His Best.” These are the words from a man who cares not about popularity and fame. These are humble words from a man who knows that history is not kind to people like him, thus giving time as his judge and jury.

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