Judge Lawrence Huerta: Enriching Our Lives
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Enriquezca Su Vida
(Enriching Your Life)

A self-published book by Judge Lawrence Huerta
©1968.

translation by Anthony Nuño, 1999.

CHAPTER II:
"MAN'S TALENT"

"Genius, that power that dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise."

-- HENRY WILLARD AUSTIN

Do you have talent? I have one, everyone has a talent, but how can we discover our talent? We are a reflection of our society, culture and educational system, and as such, we have learned to be modest and humble. From birth, it has been inoculated in us the virtue of modesty and humility. But have we gone overboard? How many of us are afraid of the shadowy figures that lurk in dark corners of our minds? We don't even dare to raise the curtain, we find ourselves crouched behind, afraid that someone will reveal in an unpleasant manner the existence of these dark and shadowy figures. What are these dark figures that we refuse to see? Just the thought of their existence causes us to shreek in fear. These dark figures are symbols of our past. They are the do's and don'ts imprinted by our parents, schools, and religion. If we embrace them in our consciousness they will create a perverse spirit within us. These dark figures represent our inferiority complex.

With time we all develop a particular method in dealing with these scary dark figures. Those rational individuals easily push them aside, covering them pretending that they do not exist, but the weak individuals turn to alcohol to escape them. Others, suffer from unknown but very real illness as a consequence of these dark figures.

Let's lift the veil and look straight forward. Don't be afraid and you will become wiser with this experience, I guarantee it, You won't get hurt. It is a fact, if you allow these dark figures to remain hidden behind the curtain that you have pulled to cover them, in the long run, they will defeat you.

Remember, when you were a child and you were severely reprimanded for something you did not do? This experience left an impression in your immature mind, it also grew and became one of these dark figures that you hide behind the curtain. Do you also remember when you were a child, and you were ridiculed and others laughed and made fun of you because of something you did or the manner in which you said it, maybe you don't remember, but this experience hurt you. This bad experience became one of the monsters that you hide behind the curtain. The accumulation of these monsters and shadowy figures have triggered fear and anxiety. Now, take a good look at these shadowy figures; these figures do not comletely exist. They do not have a life of their own, they are dead; they belong in the past and the past is gone forever. The past can not be recaptured. You can not erase the sound of the bells tolling. Why don't you throw a blanket over the past and start to live, NOW -- for today -- for tommorrow -- for the future?

Buddha said: "The secret of existence is not to fear, never fear, whatever is going to happen, will happen, and it does not depend on anybody. Only the moment that you refuse any help, will you be free." Lactantius expressed: "Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be." According to Calvinist theories and as we practice it in our days, human beings are basically good, peculiarly good. Basically, you are a good and marvelous person, never forget it. Only when you start not being yourself, then you start acting incorrectly. Therefore, starting now, start being essentially yourself. Do not try to imitate anybody. No other person deserves to be imitated. You are already basically a good and marvelous person, so the world can be under your command. Believe it, if you can not do it, shake that false modesty and faked humility off, and admit what you really are. Emerson advised the following: "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string."

Of course, it is possible that you made mistakes! But think about it and tell me when these mistakes were made, was it you who made the mistakes? Or was it the ideal person that you want to be? Were you acting according to your better judgement? These mistakes are in the past and if they have not disintegrated, and if they have not been totally disintegrated, they are in a bad state of decomposition. Why bother to uncover them? Be yourself, act accordingly to your internal reasoning, according to what you know is correct. You do not need to give explanations. Do the right thing and others will acknowledge your individuality. Your capacity to create your own being. Do you think this sounds to selfish. Why is it so? After all, you are the one who has to live with yourself for the rest of your life! You can't skake it off. It is possible to develop an art of selfishness? The great Abraham Lincoln did not considered it a bad thing when he said: "I believe, each individual by nature, has the right to do whatever he/she pleases with his/her life and the fruit of their labors, as long as he/she wisely does not interfere with the rights of others. Also, remember the words of the great poet Tennyson: "Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control: these three alone lead life to sovereign power."

There is a great difference between genuine self-respect and vanity and presumption. Whoever is able to carry out a profound respect for his dignity, does not need to instruct the world about his qualities and merits. The world will see them through his/her silent actions.

One of the biggest failures in our culture and educational system is that we have been taught that man is naturally evil, and because of this, he must be rigorously controlled. This, simply is not true, man is good and through understanding, knowledge and prudence can better himself even more.

We all like to be treated in a nice and considerate manner, very well, we should know that this is the right way to treat our fellow human beings. "Treat others the way you want to be treated". Make this your motto in life and you will never act wrongly. Take personal responsibility for each of your acts, don't make up excuses such as: "I did it because.....whatever you do, either correctly or incorrectly, you must accept the consequences. Accept total responsibility, this way, it will be easy for you to do the right thing.

Be willing to accept criticism, and don't let it affect you or make you angry, nobody is perfect all the time. If criticism is worth being taken into consideration, analyze it and make the necessary corrections. On the other hand, if criticism in unjustified, let it run like the water off the duck's back.

Make your own decisions, utilizing only your one way of thinking. You will never be influenced by a group or collective view. If this means that you need to be different from others--be different. You only need to justify your decision to the one person--Yourself. As long as your acts and decisions do not significantly hurt others, you are justified. If the laws are designed in such a manner that protect you and others, (and they are commonly designed this way) obey them, willingly. But, when an unjustice has been committed by a group or mob, and you know it and feel it because of your convictions, get up and fight for what you consider correct. Your heart is a good judge, as any other, and possibly better in many cases. With time you will be admired as a person with his own thoughts and ideas. Never consider yourself inferior to anybody because certainly you are not.

Emerson, in his essay "Self Reliance" made the following statement; it is worth repeating it -- study it carefully:

"Live no longer to the expectation of these deceived and deceiving people with whom we converse. Say to them, O father, O mother, O wife, O brother, O friend, I have lived with you after appearances hitherto. Henceforth I am the truth's. Be it known unto you that henceforth I obey no law less than than the eternal law. I will have no covenants but proximities. I shall endeavour to nourish my parents, to support my family, to be the chaste husband of one wife, -- but these relations I must fill after a new and unprecedented way, I appeal from your customs. I must be myself, I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever whatever only rejoices me, and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishly, but humbly and truly."

Be the person who you really are and want to be. Be willing to examine yourself interiorly. What can you do to improve yourself? Man is a source of energy, always changing. Carry out these changes, in order to improve, never allow yourself to regress. While others complain about the past and whatever could have happened, commit yourself to work on your thoughts and personality, in such a way that you can obtain better results.When others speak only of disease, you speak of health. While others speak pessimistically, you speak with optimism, and while others immerse themselves in darkness, you search for happiness and glory for your fellow human beings. If they resign, you hold on with tenacious perseverance. In my opinion, talent is the result of setting our minds on the highest principles, working very hard to obtain them. Also, when we risk great things and we also learn to control the seven evil sins: Fear, Self-doubt, Jealousy, Anger, Malice, Pessimism and Hate.

Talent is the fact that we are able to journey into the interior realm of the soul, discovering and recognizing the extent of our possibilities and the ability to put them to use with extreme faith.

Talent is the fact that we are able to journey into the interior realm of the soul, discovering and recognizing the extent of our possibilities and the ability to put them to use with extreme faith. Talent entails the disposition to search and try something new, that which has not been experimented, the impossible. This is the only way you can leave your mark in history. Talent is constant action that captures an idea or thought and implements it. Do you think this is impossible? Historians have pointed out Michael Angelo as a talent. Here is what he said: "if people would have known how hard I have tried to achieve mastership, it would not seem that marvelous to them". a more recent talent, Edison expressed: "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." Do you see?, Go ahead, search for your talent, free it, let it be of any use to you.

Life is a blank sheet of paper in which each of us writes one or two words before night arrives. Start it off with greatness, even if you only have time for one line, make it great. To fail is not a crime, but holding low ideals is.

HAVE YOU DECIDED TO LIVE YOUR LIFE AND BE YOURSELF?

Do you have the courage and will to destroy your ridiculous complexes? Have you decided to promote self-respect and acceptance?

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED YOUR TALENT?

Have you decided to make it grow, and demonstrate it to the world?

WHAT ARE YOUR CAPABILITIES?

Are you willing to utilize them in the best possible manner?

CHAPTER III