Have you ever considered American sketches? You may not realize it, but an American sketch can tell you a lot about what went on at any particular time. What exactly are our origins of creativity? How do influential individuals come out on the forefront of history?
In his book “Sketch”, George Washington is described as a man full of surprises. He is also described as a man who had a “phenomenal memory” for details. These details are often what make his impressions stand out so well to future generations. If we could only use a fraction of the information that Washington was blessed with, wouldn’t this affect our future?
If you look back through American history, you will see that many of our greatest leaders started out with very little, if anything, to their credit. Consider that most of our civil rights leaders and most of the men who fought in the Second World War started out at square one. Their initial ideas may have been somewhat insignificant or they may not have had all the luck in the world, but the sketches that they produced during their early years gave them the seeds of a career that would change the world forever. Consider also that many of the greatest inventions were developed by someone with no prior experience.
There is no better way to learn about a person’s thought process than to listen to their words. When listening to an audio book you are being given a version of the speaker’s voice. Listen to how he frames the ideas in his sentences and then try to translate these same words into your own speaking voice. You will be amazed at how quickly you will convert your rough draft ideas into fully formed sentences. An audio book will provide you with the framework from which you can build your thoughts into words.
For example, one of Washington’s best known quotes was “All governments are corrupt, but government of the people by the people for the people”. What did he mean by that? Did he intend for the speaker to emphasize the tyranny of the British government over that of the American government? Likely not, however, Washington believed strongly that each government has the right to speak for itself and citizens should not be compelled to follow the leaders of any nation but their own.
Another example is George Washington, the first President of the United States. He said of the Articles of Union that it was made “upon the theory that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That the Laws of Nature and the Government of God Are instituted to secure the equal right of Citizens to enjoy these Rights, that to prevent them, if they should attempt to interfere with the equal enjoyment of these rights, is to violate the equal rights of others.” Clearly, George Washington did not believe that natural rights were rights that could be taken away by government action.
So where do you begin to learn about George Washington? The man wrote over a hundred books on a variety of topics ranging from religion to medicine and politics, but his most famous book is The Bill of Rights. A quick search on the Internet will reveal many other volumes written by the first President of the United States. A quick search of the term “George Washington sketch” will bring up many web pages discussing his life and times as well as the many quotes about his leadership.
If you’re interested in American sketches, don’t limit yourself to newspapers or television. The Internet is full of websites that offer hundreds of free sketches and paintings. It’s a wonderful way to pass the time when sitting at home, or while traveling. I’m sure that you’ll find many American sketches that you love. The key is to keep an open mind and open ears… after all, they’re only ideas.