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Life is full of unknowns and life is too short to know all. Every day, every minute, we are learning something new and this could be something new to us as individuals or new to humankind in general.

Space is mostly unknown to us. Sure, we know of the Sun, moons and planets. We know of black holes and comets. We wish upon stars and know which clouds look like animals and when it will rain. However, there’s so much more we don’t know and so much more we may never know. If you believe in Creation, have you ever wondered how much has been created? And how much more is being created as each second passes?

On pages 8 and 9, Sandun Jayawardana writes about space exploration. We have come a long way, but there’s so much more to discover and examine. There is so much more that is unknown to us.

So, do we think ‘life is too short to learn’ and choose ignorance over knowledge or do we use each moment spent to learn something?

For the first 19 years of our life, we all go through institute-based learning we rarely have a say over. It is only in the upper grades that we can choose the subjects we want to study. Some of us stay on in the institute-based learning system by following courses at universities or higher education institutes. Others start working. A few would even surrender into a world of limited knowledge.

However, when we complain about school and university we make it seem like we learn nothing during these years of learning. While many do study just so they can pass exams, that need not be the only reason to study or pay attention at class. If you go through your study material, how much can be applied to your daily life?

You may not see how political science or law can be applied in life but do you know that like there is power between the state and its people, there is power in each person and also between people? If you take law, are those cases and definitions only important when you are practicing? Can’t you in anyway put your knowledge to use in daily life?

There may be valuable gifts you’ve received. Imagine someone gives you a bottle of the most delicious sweets. You rarely get to eat such treats, so you hide the bottle and rarely eat any of the sweets. You don’t want the sweets to be over. Then one day you find that ants have got to the sweets, or maybe they have started to rot. You can no longer eat the sweets and you to just throw it all away.

We sometimes treat knowledge this way. We learn and learn but are stingy with our knowledge. We don’t use it and we don’t pass it on to others. And so our minds rust and all we know slowly reduces. We hold on to knowledge so tightly that we end up losing it before ever using it.

Thus as important as it is to learn and acquire knowledge, it is as, if not more, important to put your knowledge to good use.