University of Virginia
What's your favorite word and why?
Revelation. This one word describes my learning style, my writing habits and my insights. I can be in a library studying for a subject I don’t quite understand and out of nowhere I receive a revelation. Revelation, to me, is the missing puzzle piece that links all the ideas together and lights up my dim light bulb. It is that spark which compels me to awaken from my slumber at 2am and furiously write down an idea for an essay.
Sporadic, spontaneous, silent. It comes upon a midnight dreary (literally). A revelation is the fruit of immense thought, when the right neurons fire and the thought forms. Many people have had revelations that changed the course of humanity: the discovery of electricity, specialization. Heck, the Bible has a book named the Book of Revelation and that same bible has been central to Christianity today.
Revelations, in essence, are bits of truth. It is the sampler that drives us to towards greater discoveries and knowledge. Without revelations, without having hints at the truth, it is hard to know that it even exists in the first place. Gravity wasn’t well known until after Newton had the revelation after being hit in the head by a falling apple. We have all sorts of revelations, ranging from remembering...
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