There are many things that a scholar is and is not, people’s opinion of one varies greatly. A scholar, in my view, is someone extraordinary, unlike anyone who has come before him. He can be characterized by three main qualities. One of which revolves around a constant hunger for knowledge. A scholar always wishes to learn and know more. He is on a never ending quest to enhance his intellectual capacity, and acquire as much information as humanely possible. In addition to being curious, one must possess an open mind to new ideas, concepts, and subjects. He should not confine himself to a single, one-tracked view. Instead, he must expand his experiences and be willing to face a wide variety of interests in a variety of fields. The third major characterization of a scholar pertains to his contribution to his community. As a result of a scholar’s work, his community must be benefited.
One of the most brilliant scholars in history is the artist, scientist, and architect, Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci is the epitome of a scholar. He portrays all the major qualities of a scholar, as well as many more, making him a truly outstanding scholar in history. Not only was Da Vinci a well-rounded individual with a wide range of interests, he was also brave enough to attempt new concepts in art, as well as to explore new areas of sciences. His diverse interests ran from art to the human anatomy, and politics. Never did he confine his mind and work to one particular field. Da Vinci never ceased to search, and absorb more information and more knowledge. As a result of his vivid research with the anatomy of the human body, people were inspired to search for themselves. It led to the over all effect of the enhancing the betterment of society. In order for a person to be a scholar, he has to possess a combination of the qualities of a scholar similar to that of Leonardo da Vinci. These qualities should reflect a person who is very intellectually stimulated, open-minded, and is very contributing to his community.
He who confronts the paradoxical exposes himself to reality. -- Friedrich Durrenmatt Reality is the actuality of things, what is really happening, without interpretation. Perception is that interpretation of the experience. Let's say for example that the reality of things may be that you are in a room with people talking very loudly. But perhaps your perception may be that these people are ...