It would be disingenuous of me to pretend I have only one talent. A few of mine are:
- Analytical Thinking
- Writing (blogs?)
These talents are not listed in any particular order. Otherwise, “arguing” may have ended up closer to the top.
There are also things that are not talents of mine. Math, Color, the Dogged Pursuit of Success, and Modesty immediately spring to mind. This week’s illustration theme was “Talent”. But by now you know it had to go in an unexpected direction.
Originally, the term ‘talent’ referred to unit of mass equal to the water that would fit in a Greek vessel called an Amphora. By Biblical times, it had come to mean a monetary unit, usually in silver. The modern meaning of the word seems so have sprung from this passage by John Milton:
“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent, which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He, returning, chide”
The verse refers to a parable in the Christian bible wherein a wealthy landowner gave money to each of three servants. To the first he gave one talent (silver piece). The second got five, and the third guy got only one.
The first two smarties invested their money (in the stock market, apparently), while the third just hid his one piece of silver, for fear of losing it. When the lord summoned back his servants to reclaim his funds, the two investors gave him the profits of their gambling: their money had doubled. The third guy was “chided” as Milton put it, for not employing his money in service of the master. This has come to be interpreted commonly to mean that God’s followers should not hide their “talents” but use them to enrich their Lord.
I chose to depict the moment when the boss-man discovers the disappointing ‘returns’ from that third sap.