Explanatory Essay

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Possessing an underutilized brain is like making a billion dollars, but simply hiding the money away forever: there are so many opportunities that stem from it, but it is worthless because it is never put to use. Rene Descartes felt this way himself, as he said, “It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” I wholeheartedly agree with this quote; a mind is the most precious of commodities but one’s brain is not employed, than it is as useless as a pile of dirt. Still, not only does one have to make use of their mind, it must be in a way that can benefit society. Only than has one truly “used it well.” Despite what some may believe, it is not enough to simply be intelligence; one must use it to make something of themselves. To begin, when one has a good mind, one must also have ambitions and goals to go with it, if one wishes to be successful. Those who are intelligent are capable of doing great things, but without ambitions and goals, there is no reason to actually go out and accomplish anything. I myself know a man who never set goals for himself in life, even though he was brilliant. This man simply laid back and coasted on his laurels during his educational career because he was so smart. However, in high school, the work began to catch up to him, and soon enough he was failing most of his classes. Still, he was without ambition and had no intent of studying or trying to raise his grades. Today, he lives at home with his mother at the age of 25. This man perfectly illustrates the point that even though one might have a good mind, they must put it to use. Still, even if one does put their mind to use, one must then use it in a way that will benefit society or improve oneself. Regret often comes to... ... middle of paper ... ...s truly the formula for greatness, and Mr. Descartes knew that anyone who is gifted with intelligence has a responsibility to reach for this greatness and use their mind well. Those who do this have the key to unlocking all the untapped potential of their mind, like unlocking a trunk full of treasure. Works Cited Bellis, Mary. "History of the Atomic Bomb and The Manhattan Project." About.com Inventors. About.com, 05 Mar. 2014. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Rosen, Rebecca J. "'I've Created a Monster!' On the Regrets of Inventors." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 23 Nov. 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. "Adolf Hitler Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. "Martin Luther King Jr. Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. "Mahatma Gandhi Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014

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