Aakriti Pant: If humankind halted its urgency to inherit knowledge from valuable ideas around us, we would become synonymized to just another purposeless species that only participates in breeding without a motive and passion in life. Fortunately, we humans never stop learning and further advance our searches to new discoveries by experimenting with our present evidences. An individual who is a voracious learner learns from almost all the experiences of his/her life. He/she aspires to learn from everything he/she finds and implements it in his own life. Therefore, through this article, I urge to persuade everyone to learn beyond what is academically taught to us in life.
It is our ancestors from the primordial era who understood the depth of inheriting knowledge. They used it in all the fields of learning to survive and formed the systems of ideas and school of thoughts. If it weren’t our ancestor’s inquisitive behaviour to discover new things in the field of agriculture, trade and economy, we would still be still rubbing two stones between our palms for fire.
We might learn from a silly cartoon on television to becoming curious about why people use melody to voice their words, from understanding why we age to whether we can edit our genes or not.
Inquisitiveness helps us learn beyond the education system that we are part of. When we are curious, we tend to go beyond our course content and search for topics of our interests in depth. This also helps us realize our area of interest. As a result, it helps us find our ambitions without being compliant to our elder’s wishes for us.
We can learn from almost anything around us. We might learn from a silly cartoon on television to becoming curious about why people use melody to voice their words, from understanding why we age to whether we can edit our genes or not. Learning is a broad spectrum on its own. These are all some thoughts that comes on our mind, it shows that a person who wants to learn will go beyond our conventional wisdom and tend to understand something deeply.
Evidences from psychology research shows that, an inquisitive brain is very active and acute to all the experiences of an individuals. The brain urges to use all of its thoughts and ideas to trace his present experience. Almost all the innovations and creative works of the world come from the researchers who assume what comes after this. Inquisitiveness is the first step to perceive our future. From the oldest epic poetry that trails to Mesopotamian civilization to the most profound theory in physics, almost everything starts from a mere idea from an inquisitive brain.
Moreover, being curious in general helps us keep our social skills alive too. It reflects our genuine concern towards the other person. We like knowing about people’s achievements, thoughts on our common preferences, on politics or literature. This helps us revive a conversation that becomes too arid. Inquisitiveness spontaneously fuels our tendency to converse with people who share common interests. We must learn to be skillfully inquisitive. We must understand if we are annoying anyone by asking questions and respect them if they do not urge to answer us.
Personally speaking, I feel happy when I learn something new. It makes me realize that learning is infinite and the world is so gargantuan in comparison to our mere life. I feel gloomy when I realize we are nothing in the end but a morsel of grain. But in contrary, at the same time, it fuels me with strong urge to learn more.
Not only that, if we are intellectually active, we shield ourselves from mental passivity. It is really crucial for healthy ageing. We don’t feel dull and arid to the very changing environment around us. It also helps us stay in touch with technology and other new sophisticated devices. It prevents us from suffering from dementia, Parkinson’s disease and atherosclerosis in old age.
In conclusion, I believe that we are witnesses to our world that has preserved our ancestor’s discoveries as vestiges for future. Alike them, it is our responsibility to leave a trace of our ideas to our future. This is possible when we are inquisitive in nature. We are never too old to learn something new. Thus, let us stop investing a limited amount of time for studying and building our career but instead start believing in the thought that it is an inherent passion to cultivate our taste in learning beyond a specific field.
Aakriti is a student of Bachelor’s first year at Kathmandu University School of Management.