While researching for a particular management-session which had a geopolitical angle, I looked at the world’s map…And I saw the geography in entirely new light…those lines dividing our world into continents and then into countries suddenly started making much more sense than they ever did to me…
Throughout my schooling and the formal education after that, my favorite sayings were ‘Live in the present moment’ (because my knowledge of history was as bad as Indian cricket-team’s recent performance overseas) and ‘Vaasudev Kutumbakam – the world is a global village’ (because my knowledge of geography was as bad as Kingfisher Airline’s current balance-sheet).
Blame it on the system, people or my own ignorance…at that time, all I was interested in was remembering the facts and never in how those facts matter… I was focusing on just their ‘utility’ and not their ‘significance’…And thus, all of them just remained pieces of information in my head and never got distilled into ‘knowledge’.
The truth is that, no one who wants to be knowledgeable has ever become knowledgeable… All you can do is ‘be genuinely curious’ and then the knowledge ‘happens’ to you.
But, how to be curious?
Well! As they say, “if you are trying to build a ship, do not tell your workers to go to the forest, chop wood, and build a ship. Instead, instill in them the desire for the sea…They will do the rest!”
…‘understanding the significance’…not just the utility.