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    Who are you not to be?

    The following in bold is confusing. Please rewrite them in easy English?

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
    We ask ourselves, (1)"Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?"
    Actually, who are you not to be?
    Your playing small doesn't serve the world. (2)There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you.
    We were born to make manifest the glory that is within us.

    I think (1) means "Who on earth am I that am brilliant, gorgeous... It's very mysterious and miraculous that I am so brilliant...". By the way "who on earth are you that are not brilliant, gorgeous...", which means "why do you think you are not brilliant, gorgeous... when in fact you are brilliant, gorgeous...?"

    And (2) is really confusing.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Who are you not to be?

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    The following in bold is confusing. Please rewrite them in easy English?

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
    We ask ourselves, (1)"Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?"
    Actually, who are you not to be?
    Your playing small doesn't serve the world. (2)There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you.
    We were born to make manifest the glory that is within us.

    I think (1) means "Who on earth am I that am brilliant, gorgeous... It's very mysterious and miraculous that I am so brilliant...". By the way "who on earth are you that are not brilliant, gorgeous...", which means "why do you think you are not brilliant, gorgeous... when in fact you are brilliant, gorgeous...?"

    And (2) is really confusing.

    Thank you for your help.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Unpakmon,


    I am pleased to give you my opinion. Then we shall see what

    others think.

    (1) I think that you did a good job in interpreting the meaning.

    (2) Who am I to be brilliant?

    I have no right to expect that I could be brilliant. I must keep my

    place. It is absurd to think that an ordinary nobody like me could

    expect to be brilliant and talented.

    For example, let's say that a famous expert says something about

    a subject. A friend asks you, "Was that expert correct?" You might

    answer: "Who am I to say that the expert was right or wrong? She

    is an expert. I am a nobody. What do I know? Probably nothing."

    If you did say to the expert: "Excuse me, but I think you're wrong,"

    she might get angry and reply: "Who are you to say that I am wrong?

    You are an ordinary nobody, and I am an expert!!!"

    (2) Actually who are you not to be?

    I agree with your interpretation. That is, why do you assume that you

    know what you are or are not to be? Maybe you are meant to be

    brilliant and talented. (Of course, on the other hand, maybe you are

    not. But at least keep an open mind. Time will tell whether you are

    meant to be brilliant and talented -- or not!)

    (3) There is nothing ....

    I interpret it as:

    Some people know that they are talented, etc., but they

    try to hide the fact because they don't want other people to feel

    inferior. Or they don't want people to say: "I don't like him. He is

    always showing us how brilliant he is!!!" But your poem says

    that if we are born with special talents, they were given to us in order

    to use them. So if you have the talents of a great actor, do not

    worry about what others think. Use your talents to the fullest. Then

    you will be helping the world (when people enjoy the magnificent

    performances that you -- as an actor -- give). In other words,

    we all have special talents. Let those talents shine. Don't be

    falsely modest.


    Thank you & Happy New Year
    Last edited by TheParser; 20-Dec-2010 at 11:56.

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    #3

    Re: Who are you not to be?

    I see.

    It's been very helpful.

    Thanks a million.

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