A brief conference after Sunday led class this recent weekend made me think about a couple of things. About how we as a society are increasingly living in a world that is never short of information but lacking reflection. “We live in a world that has a lot of knowledge, whatever we want to know about something can be found on your phone [referring to Google and using the search function on the smart phone]. But we are lacking wonder. We never wonder because when we want to know something we reach out for the phone”. What Ganesh had said last weekend struck a familiar chord within me, one that had already come to mind a few weeks back when I remembered trying to fall asleep while entertaining some question related to Traditional Chinese Medicine. And how I firmly told myself that I will go and Google it as soon as I wake up the next day.
Somehow that thought made me realise that the world of Internet holds so much information. Almost anything that we could ever want to know is searchable. Except for a few things. Namely one could not ask Google when they are going to die, to whom they will fall in love with, marry, or how many kids they will have. Because Google is not God with an accessible database of answers. Also one is much better served quietly writing in a journal when contemplating subjects like strengths and weaknesses and other things pertaining to self knowledge rather than trying to find the answer online.
Wonder, awe, reflection and contemplation runs along the same thread. Perhaps in this day we don’t give much time to do these activities because we are conditioned to believe that it could be a ‘waste’ of time. If something does not produce a tangible end result, does it necessarily mean that it’s a waste of time? Not at all. Keeping the sense of wonder alive within us stokes the fire of creativity. Because creativity could only arise from curiosity and exploration, both of which grows from the roots of wonder and awe, then it makes sense to respect this process and to try to carve out pockets of time in our day to just sit in silence and wonder.
And then if the heart is moved to write, then write. And if the heart is moved to dance, sculpt or paint then by all means do so. But try, perhaps this time to refrain from Googling and instead make a pact with wonder to always create some space for it to live and breathe a little so that the mystery of wonder can turn to curiosity, invites us to explore and eventually lead to a moment of creativity. Who knows, maybe something great could come out of it or maybe the answer that you have been searching for will emerge from the depths of your heart rather than Google’s database.