Most people who criticize others or comment on the work done by the others do not have an opinion of their own. They have had a limited opportunity to learn things from people with half knowledge; they half understood the things they came to know; they, and the people from whom they learned a few things, never attempted to verify the correctness of their knowledge through rigorous experimentations. They have the tradition of developing and circulating the half knowledge or their own confusions about the truth of the things.
To know or learn a few things we must approach the people who work silently and have little time to teach you. We may seek an opportunity to work with them silently according to their methods and to fulfill their objectives. During the course of action if you find that the people you were working with were also keen to learn from you, you should feel assured that you have got the right opportunity to learn.
Knowledge is generally explored and developed silently, without any noise, and without inviting many others (particularly those who are not the actual beneficiary of that knowledge) to offer opinions and suggestions. In matters of creation of knowledge those who are not on the job are also not ‘with the job’; they are aliens whose opinions may be collected and recorded in academic interests, maybe, for some use in the future at the time of review and analysis, but never immediately during the course of the exploratory action.
Critics should have a very limited importance in our scheme of things, if we are sincere about exploring the truth of the things. Those who surround themselves with many advisers and critics are demonstrative; their exploratory efforts are a sham and do not serve any purpose.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]