be wired to do something

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sharon2009, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. sharon2009 New Member

    Hi, guys,
    Recently I always run into a phrase like "be wired to...", but I really could not figure out the meaning. For example, the sentence "Those of us that live with dirt under our fingernails are wired to create beauty, but in literature we are told by greats like Ralph Waldo Emerson to let the beauty of the season come to us. "Go out of the house to see the moon, and ‘t is mere tinsel; it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey. "

    Is there anybody who can help me?
  2. hairlover45

    hairlover45 Senior Member

    Odessa Texas USA
    English - American
    "Wired to create beauty" means that, for one class of people, creating beauty is a natural, instinctive ability, an innate gift. Another metaphor would be "programmed." Having dirt under the fingernails indicates working with the hands, as would a craftsman or an artist. For such people, creating beauty (as contrasted with simply discovering beauty, as Emerson advised), is automatic and spontaneous, as if they had been "wired" by their Creator for that purpose.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012

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