Learning does not limit itself within the confines of the books we read. Intellectual improvement and holistic change does not end within the four walls of a classroom.
Sometimes, people just need to venture out to see the importance of things. Sometimes, people just need to be involved in little events to be able to appreciate their bigger worth in this world. Sometimes, people have to get out there in the open to experience the things that they will never come across if they stay in their comfort zone that is the classroom.
Who could have guessed it? That one trip to a place far away from home would teach me a couple of enlightening insights. One of these is the fact that interacting with stuff of science would compel me to look further beyond science’s limits.
Anyhow, what matters most now is how Science on the Move moved me. It changed my perceptions about science and the future. My experiences at the exhibit had taught me at least three simple truths I never thought of before.
First: wildness is part of a beautiful imagination. Well, you can always rephrase this in any way you want, but what I’m trying to drive at is that in science, the most significant outcomes can’t always be achieved with standard operating procedures. It’s like life, where in the process, the ‘what ifs’ are still more important in igniting one’s desire to alter and creatively manipulate things, and see different but remarkable results in the end.
It’s true enough that bending what is usual most likely risks everything. But who knows? Everything may be better off only when that bend is executed.
Second: understanding counts more than mere knowledge. I certainly believe that every valuable knowledge is only a fruit of an open mind. An open mind always welcomes new ideas without reservations but with proper scrutiny, and this is the essence of understanding.
A person who takes delight in accepting novel concepts rather than seeing them as ideas that can only be out of place, will always have the benefit of understanding the advantages and disadvantages of a situation. Consequently, this person will improve.
Third: science is beautiful. Not the kind of beautiful clothes, models, handbags, etc. that you find at a college fashion magazine but a different kind of beautiful. This summarizes everything that science is made of, or made for. No matter how the course of anybody’s life may change, it cannot overwhelm the magnificent gifts that God has to offer through science. No matter how the universe may largely deform, science will flex itself just as surprisingly.
For some ticks of the clock, these truths I have oddly discovered with the help of turbines, mirrors, magnets, and light (take them as confusion, reality, inevitability, and divine intervention, respectively if you like). Though strange as it seems, I will look up to this experience as something that has successfully catapulted me to another panoramic view for life, a new vantage point for change.