I used to read about great people, mostly scientists, but still people who’d had significant and positive IMPACT on the World. The likes of Einstein, Neils Bohr,
Schrödinger, Francis Aston, Har Gobind Khorana, and well the list could NOT go on… In ALL cases, I’d first read about their WORKS, and they’d invariably filled me with awe, and somehow inspired me. Then I would read they were all Nobel laureates! My respect had risen for the Nobel and other laureates that I didn’t even know!
My list mostly has physicists/chemists and not Medicine workers despite being a medico. It’s silly, but I used to nurse a desire to gain sufficient knowledge, to strive to become like them, and to win the Nobel. But NO MORE. The common reason is my reading about them BEFORE realizing this:
Behind any public recognition there are ugly factors. Factors–I don’t like to utter aloud, maybe whisper in the silent alleys of my frightened heart, which get drowned by the thundering applause that emanates from somewhere faraway where the heart cannot make itself go.
Last year reading about him, I’d found the contributions of Paul Ehrlich absolutely stunning, BUT poor guy, he’d managed to win a Nobel! And this time around to my own shock, I started seeing his contributions skeptically.
I’d to become apathetic to save myself. I couldn’t afford to care. But today, Obama’s won the Nobel Peace Prize!
Don’t get me wrong, I’d heard his most wonderful speech, which had changeD my heart, well almost, and I shouldn’t be harsh on him. His term’s just started, and he might end up a wonderful World-leader WHEN THE RESULTS SHOW. And that’s precisely the point! Has the quality of oratory become the yardstick for winning the Peace Nobel? My angst is at the Nobel Committee, not Him. Today, you’ve slapped all those scientists I’d respected, and all that I’d held dear in them.
Oh but wait, if you’re trying to say, “the World’s become so very bereft of those who ACTUALLY do some work of positive impact, and hence we’d to scale down our criterion to just POTENTIAL for greatness”, then I agree. Wholeheartedly, and heartlessly.
Ah but, we still have humor (click)!
What did World say to Obama on being asked for change?
Aagey badh; chhutta nahin hai! Par yeh rakh Nobel sikka.
[Move on; ain’t got change, but keep this Nobel medal]
Too bad, it’s just a joke. 😦