Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Harder the Conflict, The More Glorious the Triumph? (Draft)

There's an expression, "We love best not what gives us great pleasure but what comes through great effort." Another person, Thomas Paine, made a similar statement, "The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." Both mean that the harder one tries on something, the better he'll feel afterwards. Some people don't think so, and believe we all love what gives great pleasure only. However, the things that come from great effort are the best. It gives people satisfaction when they look back, and it's necessary for one to suffer "torture" in order to experience victory. Even if one doesn’t reach the goal he sets, he can still feel better knowing that he at least tried.
Triumphs that have been reached through adversity can give one satisfaction after it's over. During a time of a challenge, one usually is very stressed and unhappy. Though it might not seem like it first, this is the essential part that leads one to happiness. If one manages to work hard enough, he'll eventually reach a period of triumph. I remember once, for science, my teacher instructed the class to make a balloon car, so we could learn about Newton's laws of motion. While making the car, I was very frustrated and I faced many problems, like when I found out my original plan didn't work and I had to start from scratch and when my brother accidentally popped my only balloon, delaying my work. However, through all those problems, I still managed to make the balloon car that traveled the farthest out of all my teacher's classes. I recently got my grade back: an A+. Now, as I sit here thinking about it and reading it, I've found out that all the troubles I faced are now history, and the triumph I had is much sweeter, knowing that my troubles are over and I proved that I could reach almost unattainable goals if I'm really motivated and I try. The harder it is to reach a triumph or goal, the sweeter it is afterwards.
It's almost necessary for someone to suffer "torture", if he wants to succeed. My mom always tells me, "Nothing in life is easy." This is universal and applies to everything, whether it be a video game or a project in school. When I do something that I believe is easy, like my school's math homework, I don't feel any satisfaction and I believe I've wasted time. However, the harder the assignments I did, such as biography I wrote about Napoleon, the better I felt. I was forced to study in the library for a very long time, and I had to constantly write and rewrite my essay, until I liked it. Though it took me hours, in the end, I received an A+, which made me feel better, and almost made me forget the boredom and misery I experienced. If one doesn't experience any boredom or pain when doing something hard, he will know that he didn't do a good enough job and needs to try again. If I had done the Napoleon research paper relaxed and without pain, I would have almost certainly not had gotten such a good grade. Though it's crucial to experience "torture" to experience triumph, in the end, victory washes the memory of the misery all away. Finally, great effort allows one to feel better even if he fails to reach his ultimate goal. Let’s say one is preparing for an audition and practiced all the time. However, one the big day, he messes up, shattering his chances. Though he didn’t succeed in the audition, he feels better knowing that he tried. Messing up on something one didn’t try hard on will just make him sorry. However, if one puts great effort in something even though he doesn’t reach his desired goal, he can still be comforted.
So, what comes from great effort does give us a glorious triumph. It gives one satisfaction. "Torture" and great effort is also necessary if one wants to have a great victory. What Thomas Paine said was true. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph!

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