SEARCH AND RESEARCH

A sensitive person knows that both over-description and under-description are not good descriptions. We think we know much more than others. We also think we know nothing compared with others. Both are not the ideal ways of thinking. The important point to remember is that both ‘arrogance’ and ‘humility’ are needed for one’s description. There is nothing wrong if one wants to feel important. The problem arises when one starts loving oneself so much that others feel neglected. Psychologists say, it is not self-love, but inability to love that causes problems. People afflicted with this problem try to create an image in the mind of others. They want to show off, and try to create the image of an extremely accomplished person. While doing so, they face problems, not only from the outside, but also from the inner self. They know, they are not the image they are trying to create in others. These inwardly injured people generally lack empathy. Due to lack of empathy, such people can’t control their emotions and find the world unnecessarily threatening. They overreact at the slightest provocation. Such self-centred people are often the victim of self-pity.

There are known unknowns. There are also unknown unknowns. Cognitive scientists say, we should be worried about ‘unknown unknowns’. ‘Unknown’ is associated with gains and risks. Unclear risks that are in the distant future are the risks we are less likely to take seriously. We tend to discount the future impact of the risks, because we don’t know them. We like to believe that we live in a just world where there is little scope for unclear risks. Often, unclear risks cause more serious problems than clear risks. We tend to ignore future risks. We remember them only after the ‘risks’ happen. Every risk can be managed, if we take it seriously. We are not doing enough to prepare ourselves for the unknown. It is quite unlikely that knowledge will ever exceed man. Knowing the unknown and . Knowing the known will continue. There will always be enough in the sphere of the ‘known’ as well as the ‘unknown’. For knowing both the known and the known, we will continue to need both the search and the researcher. They only can present an impoverished view of reality.