One day, Plato demonstrated the importance of curiosity. When teaching math in his academy, a student asked him: “Sir, for what do I need to know this?”

Plato, offended, gave him a coin and then failed him. He gave him the coin so he couldn’t say that his study wasn’t fruitful, and Plato failed him because he wasn’t curious- he didn’t had that “love” for knowledge.

The example is cited here for you, GLOVADIs, to underline the importance of curiosity in the evolution of this world.

Of course, we haven’t assigned the unparalleled importance to curiosity because of Plato’s insistence on it. But for the simple reason that it probably all started because of curiosity. Right from Adam’s desire to eat the apple to the curiosity of higher upgrades by Apple Macintosh!

In the beginning all was curiosity. Curiosity, the imperative wish of knowledge, is not a characteristic of inanimate matter. Even some organisms lack this characteristic. Trees, for example, are not inquisitive about their environment, at least not in any way that we can understand. Even oysters, fellow animals, are not able to think like we do. The wind, the rain, and the ocean give these organisms what they need. If the future gives them fire, poison, predators, or parasites, they die in the same stoic and silent way that they lived. Humans are unique.

Starting out as just curiosity, science has become a logically developed and empiric part of the human knowledge.

Again, back to the subject, why should we study science?

It is the best way to understand the world we live in , and it can help to satisfy our curiosity.

And why should we satisfy our curiosity?

For the simple reason of providing more completeness to our souls and our daily lives. We can overcome our dependence on electricians for changing fuse wire; dependence on our doctor friends (if any) in the hour of need for arriving at the purpose of the many medicines lying around our home; for opening up switch-board and fixing up loose switches etc. The list can be endless. Many of the aforementioned may be already known to many of us. In that scenario, those people would be in an even better state to appreciate the knowledge of everyday science.

What should be understood is that science is not just wearing lab coats and working with either test tubes or electric circuits. Science is any and everything that makes use of, well, the faculty of science. Whether it is an electrical device or your Kinetic Honda; whether it is your first-aid box or the fluctuations of weather, everything is science. It is what makes our lives go around.


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