Knowledge because of ignorance
By Constantine Torop | October 9, 2016
Sometimes people become smarter because of the situations that happen to them because of ignorance. One of such situations happened to me.
Once I read a book by Stephen King «Pet Sematary». There was such a moment: the girl went to the father and said, «Dad, why do cats live less than turtles?» The father replied, «You know … It’s just that the turtles do not have a fast metabolism, like a cat, and …»
— Wait, — I thought — and what is «metabolism»? I could find the answer to this question when I looked in «Wikipedia». I have read that the metabolism — it is the body’s exchange of nutritions. It was all, like, normal, but… «I have a fast metabolism! — I suddenly caught myself. — So, my life will be short, because cats have a fast metabolism, and they live less than turtles. »
I decided to find out all about metabolism. I read about the types of metabolism, about the enzymes and the strengths of rapid metabolism in the «Wikipedia.» Thank God, my fears were unfounded.
It turned out my fast metabolism is even better than the slow one. I can eat as much as I want and not get fat.
Suddenly, I was interested in another thing: «And who is Stephen King to write about metabolism?». Again, I looked up in the Internet and learned that he was one of the most famous and published writers of the world. Also, I read that the King spent a lot of time to check the accuracy of the information.
While viewing the websites about Stephen King, I saw the words «See also» and accidentally saw the name of Stephen Hawking. I wondered who he was. As a result, I have read almost the whole his biography in the «Wikipedia».
Then I continued to read the book. I learned too much new information in one day and I had to «digest» it all.
So, if I knew what is the «metabolism», I would not have to look up the meaning of this word in Wikipedia. And it turns out, I would not have got the new knowledge about the enzymes, Stephen King, and Stephen Hawking.