Long time back I visited a park where there was this huge fountain. Struck by its monstrous heights and the prodigious amount of foam being produced by it, I tried to deduce the physics behind it. Having pondered for a while, I reached my answer-” So the vehement rotatory force of its internal motor is causing the water to flow so rapidly that it’s producing such a colossal amount of foam.”
A smirk hung around my lips. How genius of me! Deduced the answer on my own accord!
Notwithstanding, to confirm the answer with a person of greater knowledge on the topic and to magnify my complacency, I asked the caretaker of the park, ” Why is it producing so much of foam?”
So confident was I that he would answer exactly as I had thought, I was already giving myself a lot of airs.
He replied, ” We put some amount of detergent in it. The detergent produces the foam which you can see here.”
My entire world came crashing down to earth right in front of my eyes. How could I be wrong?!
Years later, now, I am happy, for the simple fact that I know the correct answer. I could have simply inferred the answer by the dint of my own logic and could have went back home happily with my answer, but wrong answer. But asking the caretaker provided me with the correct answer, even though it made me appear a fool in my own eyes.
That, my friends, is the magic of spirit of inquiry. It always leaves you astounded with bizarre, unexpected but correct answers…
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