I of-course know the fact how unfortunate I am. It is something I do not think I can change. Its a quality I have , like my blood group ! Cannot do anything about it. Do I regret it ? …
I clearly remember the precise moment when I realized the exact nature of of my misfortune. I was told the unfortunate news in front of the world ! Ofcourse, its my humble duty and desire to inform the user that world for me at that time was the class I was studying in. Admitted in a reputed university, I was merry making in the cold weather of this glorious and wonderful city.The lecture hall location in the university, I promise were built by a student as the view was impeccably astounding. Breathtaking I must say ! The glorious mountains stood on one side of the building and on the other side, was a vast and deep ocean. As enigmatic was its nature, it was mystifying. Who knew , what ,lies beneath the deep fathoms of the water body. I was wondering , the same thing as how the mountains must have risen and these enigma of the ocean , we see everyday ,created.
On this precise moment, a stern, knowledgeable voice fell on my ear. He asked “Do you agree?” . As human instincts are, and more on work here were the student instincts and I gave the most obvious answer “yes…ofcourse sir”, fearful, that if I said otherwise, I have to answer many more questions !
But as brilliant these highly developed , all knowing beings called “teachers” are , they , like the elves , know whats in the subjects mind. So, this voice (more sarcastic than stern now), enquired in a very curious tone, “why so ?”( I wish teachers saw some movies, they would know how to act curious !). Having no clue what to say,I found myself doing the most polite and thinking voice acting I can , and saying “because the book says so”. I think I mist have surpassed “tom and jerry” in making my audience laugh their hearts out ! I suddenly found myself, in the vast and luxurious office of the man having the stern voice and heard him “son , you are a good guy. But unfortunately, I do not find you curious for knowledge. To gain knowledge, one has to ask questions. Never take anything at face value. Ask whether what the author says, makes sense ?”. I was inspired ! I truly was. And that moment, in that office, I was a changed man ! I was a inquisitive person now.
I went home. Like my habit of many years, I started watching cartoon(yes, i love them!) and to my delight, tom and jerry was being aired. I , usually laughed and had a great time watching this show , till today. I asked myself, can a cat fly an aeroplane ? Can a mouse build a bed of matchstick ? Holy crap! Can a mouse and cat walk on 2 legs and smile and own flats ? Can there be a city where cats stay in hotels ? Frankly, It made no sense and I switched it off ! Worst meal in years for me !!!
I ofcourse had no intention of reading my favorite books as I had anticipated the questions my newly reformed, inquisitive brain would ask. Superman, how is the discovery of a planet possible. Aliens with super powers , na, current science does not approve of it. Similar cases with Batman, arabian nights and all other books and stories I loved ! Even the great Tolkien was not able to answer my questions like how can a wizard live forever and where are the hobbits now.
So, I thought about watching some movies. I saw some “philosophically heavy” movies. I had assumed that atleast Shakespeare wont disappoint me. But alas! Richard , the third, never provides the answer to as how can a mother hate her own child, however he is. How can a hump back impress a beautiful lady and how the hell he can do his corrupt things without anyone knowing ?
Atlast, I went to my granny. I told her, I cannot sleep and tell me a story , as you did when I was a child, so I can sleep. She readily started,”once upon a time, there was a king”. I stopped and asked her, who was this king, where was he born, where and how many years he reigned , how many queens she had, how was the political situation in his kingdom ? Needless to say, I was thrown out of the room !
Next day, I was in the class of the same stern voiced “teacher”. He was teaching us mathematics and I interrupted him as asked “why is the number one written as 1 ?”. I can clearly see his puzzled face (with linearly growing anger and irritation!). But I never got an answer.
Years have passed since and I have never got an answer to any of the above question. But I have the answer to one thing. Sometimes, not asking question and believing the person is helpful and enjoyable. We all enjoy the fairy tales and cartoons without asking questions. Try asking and see how it ruins the show !
I personally think, knowledge is not about knowing the right answer but the is about believing. Understanding. Asking questions and gaining answer will only add to information we have. Believing the thing and enjoying it will give us happiness, enjoyment, satisfaction. Knowing this is what knowledge is. We often confuse knowledge with curiosity and feel , if all our questions are answered, I will be knowledgeable.
Sometimes, the most knowledgeable are the ones who know nothing !