Rene Descartes, a noted mathematician, once stated “It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well “. This quote states, in other words, that a brilliant mind is one thing, but to really succeed, the mind must be applied. Proof of the reasoning behind this quote is shown throughout the world, including my own life. His quote is supported by the fact that successful people only achieve their goals as a combination of their effort and their knowledge, and that many people achieve greatness without extensive knowledge. Instead those people incorporate their ambition to achieve something great. The essence of these words are shown by the lives of Nikola Tesla and Christopher Langan, the uprising in Egypt and the novel The Da Vinci Code. Descartes’ words are words to live by and they have a meaning derived from past experiences.
First, in the history, this quote is true because of the fact that the purpose to use a great mind is what sets a great mind apart . For instance, the one whose exemplifies these words the best is Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla was a great man, whose discoveries led to our modern world. He had immense knowledge but that wasn’t enough. To really make it big, he had to use his knowledge to do something. This led to one of the biggest discoveries that is used worldwide today. On the other hand, the world’s smartest man, Christopher Langan, wasn’t so lucky. His IQ was off the charts, at an incredible 195. Just to put that number into perspective, only one in one hundred million people have an IQ of that size. He was speaking at just six months and scored a perfect score on his SATs, although he slept through a good portion of it. Chris Langan was gifted. But such an immense amount of knowl…
…then realized the importance of an application of knowledge, rather than pure memorization. The ability to implement had more value in the real world that book smarts.
In conclusion, this quote by Descartes outlines a very prominent idea that occurs in the world throughout history. The meaning of this quote is supported by the lives of Nikola Tesla and Christopher Langan, the book, and my own personal experiences. If everyone learned to take this quote to heart, then our whole world would benefit. When people apply their minds to an idea that they really believe in, then something beautiful can happen.
Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code: A Novel. New York: Doubleday, 2003. Print.
Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. New York: Little, Brown and, 2008. Print.
Kent, David J. Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity. New York: Fall River, 2013. Print.