This current era. Its really interesting when one displays ignorance of common knowledge without a corresponding zeal to be informed. And I do not mean gossip. That’s for another day. When one of four, five, six, etc., etc. is ignorant (and shows no enthusiasm) of what’s common knowledge, that one person is so non-perceptive to be labeled arrogant. Arrogance is not a high status symbol by the way. “I do/did not know” coupled with a pigheaded reluctance or refusal to learn and know is acting with impunity. When a student doesn’t know the name of the school’s principal or a university undergraduate – the vice chancellor’s name; what is it? A man once asked his wife the address of her family house from where he married her just twelve years ago. When she flipped at that, the remarks she got were: don’t people forget again? Haa, that’s how they are! Funny. A child comes home from school and is asked the teacher’s name. Answer: I don’t know. All these are recent occurrences. Is this commonplace or am I around the wrong crowd?I hear there are parents who do not know what classes their children are in, when they are taking college entrances or class tests and examinations. Some do not even know how their children are doing in the higher institutions they pay so much to send them to and do not even know when they are graduating or whether they have graduated.These are just the few off cases. There are many very good cases/stories out there but, those are not causing pain. They are to be celebrated. Sometimes, we are so happy with our achievements without knowing that the one lose nut that could bring all of our life’s struggles to naught is the isolated and ignored little nuisance (in our own minds) that festered. The ability and quest for knowledge is the cheapest gift anyone can give to oneself. Schooling is different because you go there to confirm what you know already as well as learn the rules and guidelines in specific areas and specialties. Other than this, basic ability to know and understand oneself is free and God-given. Knowledge acquisition refines us and makes us better and easier to live with. I mean common basic and rudimentary knowledge that also teaches good etiquettes.  In addition, the zeal for the acquisition of that knowledge is so essential to take us to a level where our minds are occupied and leaves us with no time to scheme and plot against others. 


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