Oct 12, 2009

The Wise Children, Adults and Disarmament

I’m very much delighted to present to you the first ever guest post in my blog. This has been written by the person who had been the sole reason behind my successful IIT life. He is my best friend and is the one among those whom I feel as my strength. His name is Ravi. He had drafted me his copy and asked me to post it in my blog. Here it goes and I hope you would enjoy reading this…
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In the IXth std textbook on history, I remember we had back to back chapters, one on 'Cold War' and the other on 'Disarmament'. After I finished reading these chapters, I had the following thoughts running in my mind:

"The moment I become the Prez of U.S and U.S.S.R, I would declare complete disarmament and no production of nuclear weapons henceforth”. As a child this was very clear and simple for me. But now as an adult this concept of 'complete disarmament' is not very clear and I am starting to ask a few dumb questions on this very simple topic.

“What would be the future of earth after complete disarmament?”
"Wouldn’t it be more safe?"
The answers to these questions are very difficult to figure out and would put any grown up into a spot of bother.

Common Sense Research Studies have indicated that children ask wise questions and adults end up asking the dumb ones which is referred to as 'adult syndrome'. Children ask ‘why’ to most of the statements, which happen to be intelligent questions always. Let us take an example of such an adult syndrome.

A co-passenger asks another waiting for a train,
"When will the train come?”

In my village even the railway station master doesn’t know the arrival time. At the sound of an approaching train, he comes out to ring the bell in anticipation of the train. More often it turns out to be either a super fast express train that doesn’t halt or a train carrying goods.

It has happened countless number of times and yet the grown ups continue to ask him of train's arrival. But I have never seen a child approaching him.

Mark Twain has this rare ability to come up with intelligent answers to such 'adult questions'. He was once asked, "Will I reach this same spot if I walk straight along this road?” pointing to a long straight road ahead.

Mark Twain replied, "Oh Yes, surely. But don’t turn back and don’t turn to your right or left."

Mr. Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts in international diplomacy and to hasten nuclear disarmament. Finally, an U.S Prez is thinking along the same lines of the child within me. However, he has taken just a few steps that are no where near the idea of complete disarmament. It still is a distant dream. But my mother used to say," Dreams have this peculiar feature. They turn to be a reality one day and when least expected".

If only we allowed the child within us to take decisions on such critical issues will that day remain not far away from now!

51 comments:

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Ravi,

Thank you soo much for this pleasure and honor...

i agree with u in this context..children are the beautiful and the intelligent hearts on the earth..

the questions for their little hearts inspired me many a times...and well said about the disarmament and the corresponding idea of choosing children to decide about it .. :)

Thanks alottt...:)

Being Pramoda... said...

wow...this feeling is absolutely new to me..being the first commentor in my very own blog...my goodness..

:)..:)

Anonymous said...

bama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts in international diplomacy and to hasten nuclear disarmament...biggest joke of the millennium..every one knows what he is doing to pakistan

RSV said...

IIT??which one? which course?. am I being over inquisitive?

RSV said...

same is the reason I want to be a child again....

Sojo Varughese said...

" Dreams have this peculiar feature. They turn to be a reality one day and when least expected". - loved this quote, seriously

parzi said...

hieee...
firstly its really wonderful to know that u share such a great bond of friendship with Ravi,Prams...touch wood!
congratulations on d first guest post!wonderful thought provoking write up...both u n ur best friend write really well...and so true nothing compares to the honesty and innocence of a child...and the quote in the end is so motivating...wow!
loved this write up!
a great post by Ravi!
keep writing!
God bless you guys!

yamini meduri said...

Congrats for the first ever guest post di..!!!

and Ravi annayya did it beautifully...!!!

Jaunty anima said...

good one!!

a world of complete disarmament is a distant dream..and its turning into reality seems even farther a dream..But let's hope against hope that d dream comes true someday..

but Prez Obama getting a Nobel Prize seemed awkward..duh..on what basis man????

Sid 'Ravan' Kabe said...

I really don't think I am the right one to comment on wheather OBama is eligible for noble or no.

but nice post...good going.

Priya Joyce said...

This was a very nice way to say what u said at the end..

I completely agree to it..
the kids in us are more mature ..to take some crucial decisions...and yah sometimes though they are immature..it somehow clicks out...

but i reely loved the way ur friend said it :)

Hemanth Potluri said...

congrats on the first guest post :)...and ravi nicely written dude :)...well i always love the kid in me...he is the one who makes the magic of smiles :)...and yeah sometimes he is very naughty :)..

urs..hemu..

Amity Me said...

Hello Prams:

hmmm...your friend hit it right on a point that adults ask dumb questions while kids are more of the precocious types of questions?

but why Prams? anyway? congrats to your friend, my dear...

and yes, I have a problem with my template, have you seen it?

Creativity!! said...

Wowwww...........So Beautiful :) :) Hearty Congratulations For The First Guest Post Dear :) :)

Ur Frd Has Written Extremely Well :) :) Beautiful Thoughts :) :)

Suree said...

what ever u said in the post will be fine if and only if all the people think in that way.. but ask urself a question .. is that possible... if it is really possible ,it also was possible ...

Any ways nice write up ....

Pallav said...

Hi!1
i m unable to write any thing for this as an comment...
i m not finding words..what shld i say...
i wanted to say a lot...but is this is a right place...?
dont know... i hv my own views
but one thing that i loved ur post...
i dnt knw i need to be thankful to ravi and shld appreciate ravi ot you....

anyways...
kudos to both of u...

Ellen said...

A child is always honest, sincere, frank, and takes no sides. He sees things exactly as they appear... without the usual biases and prejudices which we supposedly far-knowing adults are wont to do.

To a child, the color black is seen as black. To an adult, the color black is seen alongside varying hues and tones and dilutions and versions of that color.

To a child, a bad man is truly bad. To an adult, a bad man is bad because... then we attach a lot of reasons, excuses, psychological mumbo-jumbo, or explanations to why he is bad.

To a child, a good man is good. Period. To an adult, a good man is good... but. Then we heap on suspicions, innuendos, mistrust, lies, scandals, conspiracies, and half-truths to reduce what is gold down to questionable worthiness.

So I guess unless adults (that means us) learn how to be honest, sincere, frank, and truthful with each other ... disarmament, peace, or some other worthy cause ... will be a long time coming.

Kudos to you and Ravi for this blog team-up! Blessings to you both.

Jack said...

Pramoda / Ravi,

A child has totally uncorrupt mind. He or she looks at world with eyes full of inquisitiveness and innocence. For a child world is one with no differences based on race or wealth. As we grow we are corrupted with selfishness and we start looking at world with " what is in it for me ". That is when wars or greedy deals take off. How I wish we do grow in intellect but with simplicity of thoughts as child intact.

Take care

scarlet pimpernel said...

i keep wondering about barack obama ... how is he gonna feel aftet the time in his present office is over? Thwat man has no mountains left to climb...
a really good post pramoda
made me stop my work and think

scarlet pimpernel said...

i keep wondering about barack obama ... how is he gonna feel aftet the time in his present office is over? Thwat man has no mountains left to climb...
a really good post pramoda
made me stop my work and think

scarlet pimpernel said...

i keep wondering about barack obama ... how is he gonna feel aftet the time in his present office is over? Thwat man has no mountains left to climb...
a really good post pramoda
made me stop my work and think

hemanth said...

Hi Ravi,
A halcyon thought, worth to appreciate. I think the Peace prize is awarded to Obama before he completes his task.
I say, complete 'Disarmament' may be possible, but in the very next moment after this, a small weapon (from a bad) comes out and it demands, tries to control the things. How to control this overrule? It may need again some power to frighten the vicious. It is all just my view. :)

pinkZz said...

congrats dear,..

Leo said...

that last line hit the mark.. lovely!! :)

HaRy!! said...

gooood guest post!! No wonder Our Kalam ji always stresses the importance on a child's ambition and questions!..good guest post indeeeed!

Being Pramoda... said...

As usual, i have started replying to the comments..and here frst comment is from me..:) ..haha may be ravi will thank me from this ..:)

haha .. :)

Being Pramoda... said...

@ Anonymous

hey..yaa and also everyone knows what pakisthan is doing for the world..nevertheless, thanks for being here ..

Being Pramoda... said...

HI RSV,

we r frm IIT Delhi .. :) me frm power electrnics and he is frm control systems..

Being Pramoda... said...

HI RSV,

hah .. yeah .. good reason indeed..

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Sojo,

Thank u...

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI PArzi,

thanks for ur wishes dear..they mean alot to us ..

:) ..and yeah first gues post..am also happy..

Thanks for the comments on the content ..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Yamini,

Thanks dear and wishes frm ravi too

:)

Being Pramoda... said...

hi jaunty,

welcome back and thanks for the comment dear .. :)

Ravi and Prams

no comments frm me on obama at the moment ..

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Sid,

Thank Youu

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Priya,

thanks for such a sweet comment and we are very pleased ..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Hemanth,

Thank Uuuu..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

hi amity

kids are of frsh mind and are very interesting towards things..may be that i sthe reason,,, thank you

Ravi and Prams

whats the probem with template ?
i have not observed..will see

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Sahana

thanks alottt gal ..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Suree,

yeah agreed .. L) ..every body shoud understand this ..

Being Pramoda... said...

Hi pallav,

welcome back here..
and thakns alottt for ur sweet comment..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Ellen,

welcome back my dear..am soo delighted to have u here..ur detailed review is much appriciated ..:)

i dont think i need to say much afre the cmment...it was soo superb as usuall

thanks alott ellen.

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Jack uncle,

**How I wish we do grow in intellect but with simplicity of thoughts as child intact.


yeah soo true ..:) thanks alottt for the presenc e..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Scarlet,

welcome back..:)..soo soo thanks fr ur words..

may be i dont comment on this now ..:) ..

congrats to him ..

Being Pramoda... said...

hi scarelet,

plz do come here whenever u have some time.. k na..

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Hemanth,

well said bhayyaa.. loved ur lines .. thanks alott...

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Vedshree

Thanks ..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Vinay

Thank Youu soo much ..

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Vinay

Thanks alott..:)

Ravi and Prams

Being Pramoda... said...

HI HArryy

yah ..agree with u abt kalam sir..
and thank uuu soo muchhh ...

Ravi and Prams

Snow White said...

hi pramoda,
sorry for being late..very late :)
congrats on your first guest post :)
your friend has written it very well dear :)thought proviking post..yes keeping child in u alive is really difficult :)

Being Pramoda... said...

HI Suma,

U r alwayss welcome here...:) and thanks for the kind words...:)