When you hear a Panthera

Curiosity, excluding some anomalies in the animal kingdom we will be able to say, it is the unique feature of our species. The tendency to explore new horizons and making aids for the purpose set us on a marvelous path which evolution probably never intended for us. Some ethologist even argue that intelligence is not necessary for survival, if it was the case then it would have been appeared in the evolutionary tree much earlier. But this unique feature of exploration and asking questions to ourselves and to others holds the key to our rapid (in evolutionary time scale) development.

To best understand and explain the nature and surroundings we proposed numerous ideas from religion probably the first attempt then latter on science, philosophy and literature. None of them holds the absolute truth about the nature solely because we created them. We even need a conspiracy theory to understand theory at all, humans are higher primates but still primates the viewpoints changes as we evolve physically and socially. The Astronomer Royal Martin Rees says.

“Most educated people are aware that we’re the outcome of nearly 4bn years of Darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are somehow the culmination. Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. It will not be humans who watch the sun’s demise, 6bn years from now. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae.”

For some it might be a depressing thought because it would mean that the world is not revolving for us. I think it’s an inspiring one and the extrapolation is marvelous because it reminds the “experiment” is going to be exciting and it’s not going to stop with us, it’s going to go on. In a vast and complicated universe ”where we know more and more about less and less” The worst thing anyone can say is that we already has all the essential information we need and no further enquiry is necessary.

This curiosity is not just needed for the big questions but also for every endeavors of our life. It’s in play from asking someone out on a date to checking the facts about someone’s utterence. The former might get you a partner and the later frees you from the ignorance. If you are not asking questions because you think it’s not respectful or it’s rude, then I would say stop being respectful and be rude because this innate quality is more important than the affection that you are going to get by not asking. So that next time you hear that someone saw a panthera you will actually enquire whether it’s a real one or somebody just want to make you fearful so that you won’t come out of the closet. We happened to bear a brain that seek for answers then why not?

-Anoop Chandran

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