You must be curious and want to know what’s under this title as you read through these first few lines. Wonder no more but feast your eyes on the wordings of this article…
I became familiar with the striking and tragic story of Chernobyl when I saw the miniseries produced by HBO. From then, I went on a cruise to the sea of the internet. As I surfed through the waves of each discovery, I shook my head while imagining the scenes of the ghastly incident in my mind’s eye.
Though almost a dot in history, April 26, 1986 was an eerie day to remember as the unexpected turn of events occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. I don’t want to ignore the unfortunate deaths or the useless secrecy by the officials or the neglect of management by assigning newbies to do the safety test which resulted in the power surge in the first place, but I have to.
This is because my focus is on the haunting moments on that bridge where a group of Pripyat locals gathered to get a better view of the sudden explosion, not knowing that they were inhaling radioactive dust which was falling like snow. This taught me a deep lesson.
You must understand that this explosion occured in the early hours of the morning when most people should be on their beds. So aside from the firefighters who were called to duty to fight the blaze, every other person should be indoors especially with the uncertainty of the cause of the incident.
But no, that’s when the curious cats decided to come out into the open, fascinated by the colourful flames and the column of light shooting upwards from the site of the explosion. In my tribal tongue, we call this, ‘ji elo mę sę’ which means let my eyes see. If you speak the ishan dialect, you will understand the significance of this phrase.
This is a never-ending occurrence as people still allow their curiosity pull them towards danger. An incident occurs today and everybody wants to be present, they want to be the first to know, some even bring out their phones to take snaps.
Why are we so obsessed with knowing everything? Is it so that we will be awarded for being in the scenes? My aim isn’t to paint black or give you the notion that wanting to know more about something is a bad thing.
Actually humans are wired to be curious, eager to absorb new information like a sponge. We have this innate desire to know more. The adrenaline pumps through us and our pulse quicken at the surge in anticipation of whatever we are about to discover at that instance. Yes this is a good thing; we gain knowledge to enable us adapt to the constant changes which occur in life.
Have you ever asked yourself why people gather at a newspaper stand or sit around listening to the news? We want to know what is happening at intervals; keep ourselves abreast of information from all over the world-no wonder the abbreviation (NEWS: North, East, West, South).
Our inquisitive nature is also a key to improvement. We learn how to evolve in ways which will benefit us. It equally helps us solve problems.
Like a double edged sword, this has the other side to it. Many times people seek out information without considering what the knowledge would do to them. The outcome isn’t always favourable. Take a glimpse at what happened in the story above. The result of such insatiable desire is obvious… In the final episode, it was reported that all who were out on that bridge, exposing themselves to the poisonous air, died subsequently.
Just like what happened with Pandora’s box, we need to learn not to succumb to the crazy itch when it comes, it would develop a sore.
I hope that after this, you would consciously check the information you take in and it’s effect on you. Make a choice to absorb knowledge only in your best interest.