Alan Alda, the endearing and famous actor of the classic M*A*S*H series and now an active Science advocate was in Australia recently to inaugurate the World science festival in Brisbane. During that time he addressed the National Press Club of Australia. Titled ‘Science belongs to all of us‘, the conference was all about promoting science to all people in a manner that would be easily understood and accepted. He talked at lengths about training young scientists from an early stage to be able to speak and transfer knowledge to the masses without all the industry jargon and cryptic language.
When asked by a reporter about information overload during that conference he made a very pertinent point about how it was possible in today’s world, when there is so much information available, to avoid getting overwhelmed by the wealth of data on any given topic.
Alan emphasised that these were amazing times we were living in!
There was so much discovered by science in these last few decades and there was so much yet to be discovered.
It was how you chose to look at it. Out there was a feast waiting for us. The job of the scientists and experts was to just open the door a little bit and pique the interest of the reader rather than bury him with so much technical explanation that he may turn away in disinterest.
Getting invited to a feast did not mean gorging like a glutton until you got sick. It was necessary to exercise restraint and moderation when gaining knowledge.
I believe this holds true in all spheres of our lives. Surely, you need to only look at the way a person eats to learn about the nature of his appetite. A glutton will generally reflect his unsatiable hunger and restless energies in all he does whereas a person who eats in moderation will show a calmer demeanour and not be as easily excited as he goes about his daily duties.
Stop. Slow down. The information that was there yesterday will also be available tomorrow. A little less knowledge today will not make you any less wise. Do not bite off more than you can chew either on the dinner table or in life in general. Avoid excesses and seek the middle path in all you do. You carry the seeds of Wisdom within yourself. Practice the virtue of moderation and live a life rich in experiences.
THE EVOLVING BACKPACKER
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