“Information gains its identity, and importance, in the wake of ignorance.” And it appears I too have been a-wake-ned from an ignorance of sorts…
The noted Times Of India columnist, Mr. Jug Suraiya has shared his views on the RTI Act—the Right to Information act, through his “The no of things”, in The Times of India (SECOND OPINION) dated, October 19, 2011. As I read, it evoked a remembrance of a view (a bit different though) that had “visited” me on the same issue, many months ago. But I had failed to accord it its due recognition, by failing to share it. The article also helped to overpower my inertia of “shall see to it later”. After all, the issue stands for our “rights”…and hence has the “right” to find its way out from the confines of my mind! This perforce, almost, emanation is what I referred to as my own waking up from a slumber of ignorance…as not sharing is a manifestation of ignorance, as per my perceptions.
RTI, as an allied Right, gives us the Right To Ignorance too…as information ceases to be, when ignorance dissolves…as it becomes knowledge.
Well information is sought whenever there is ignorance. As also when one wishes to add on to what one knows…because accrued information forms the basis of our knowledge and the ledger of know-ledge has infinite pages…
But when we talk of ignorance we are urged to take a look as to the “nature” of ignorance. Whether the ignorance is imposed by withholding the information that would dispel it or it is the desire to stay with the ignorance or is it ignorance of the existence of ignorance…it could be the result any thing or of many things, other than those mentioned here.
Having discerned that one is afflicted with ignorance, when one decides to shed ignorance and embrace awareness by seeking information, he gets it. But what one decides to do with the accumulated information, the knowledge…manifests whether one has been successful in getting rid of ignorance in totality or otherwise. Because ignorance is not only lack of information or knowledge but also the lack of awareness that knowledge unused is wasted knowledge…while when applied, transcends to wisdom.
“Knowledge used for the betterment of self and all is wisdom…and only then serves its purpose.”
Thus as with everything in life it depends on us how we interpret the RTI…whether as the right to be with ignorance, or as the right to propagate ignorance or the tool to come out of it in totality by accessing and applying the information for self as well as for all—by sharing the same.
And the Right To Information I refer to, also goes beyond the paper works (legalities) and leads to the inner work—The Right to know ourselves…and access our truth. This Right is given to Us by Us and for Us…through our Creation by The Creator. So what we would do? Ignore ourselves and defy nature or Seek our Truth…by Utilizing the Self-given Right to Information in the Right Manner?
Hence hereby we all are wished the Right Information of Selves…subsequent to utilizing the Right to Insight (applied by “looking in-side”) and assessing and accessing the Right Mode for that. The Right Mode cannot be generalized as it differs for all individuals…as we are all “different”, “unique”, “differently unique” and “uniquely different”.
October 19, 2011.