Get a Book Before Drowning in Dumbness

You know that times are bad when headlines are obsessed with stuff and nonsense.

Published: 14th May 2016 10:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2016 09:28 PM   |  A+A-

You know that times are bad when headlines are obsessed with stuff and nonsense. For instance, the Duchess of Cambridge had a wardrobe malfunction during her tour of India that may or may not have revealed her bare bottom in all its glory, and it was all people wished to talk about. Those who could not care less for Princess patootie may have skipped these, only to be told that Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan are currently engaged in a no-holds barred mud-slinging match. If you were to persist in trying to find something else to read, you may discover that Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma may get back together because the latter has unlocked the secret to preventing dandruff as well as hair fall.

Get a Book.jpgCould it be true that deep down at the core, we may be insufferably shallow? Is there no way to help our inner intellectual who has long been drowning in the dumbness we imbibe on a regular basis? What about the Zen Philosopher seeking enlightenment or the curious scientist who seeks to solve the world’s pressing problems? Needless to say all are doomed to die if we keep feeding them pointless information shovelled out by celeb watchers involving boob jobs gone wrong, leaked videos that chronicle a starlet’s sex life or torrid affairs that bit the dust.

It is now more important than ever to embrace the inner geek and nerd we are capable of being rather than limit ourselves to being hopelessly enamoured of those who play geeks and nerds with such quirky charm on the Big Bang Theory. After all it is the clever ones among us who figure out ways to solve the problems that plague our planet and invent remarkable gadgets that make our lives so much easier.

Surely we would rather be the genius who figured out a simple, inexpensive, non-violent way to end poverty, racism, illiteracy and disease rather than the vacuous thing who devoted his/her life towards achieving a gym-ripped body that is the envy of pudgy neighbours, an artificially enhanced skin colour that makes people go ‘Wow! You are too fair to be an Indian!’, so that a prefect Facebook profile pic which comes with a guarantee of 1,000 likes might be clicked?

If yes, it is time to make the effort to become a smart person who knows enough to discuss politics, science, mathematics, philosophy and current events without aid from a smartphone. To do that it is time to read more sensible material, eschew buying stuff that promises to get rid of dusky skin, try and learn something that will make you a better person and finally encourage cleverness in yourself as well as in others so that it may grow wings and fly us all away from the morass of stupidity in which we have gone and trapped ourselves.

Chandramouli is the bestselling author of Arjuna, Kamadeva and Shakti


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