A Greek among geeks: Importance of asking the right questions…

Ask, ask and ask again....!
Ask, ask and ask again....!
Contrary to a popular perception, I’m not a geek. If anything, I’m closer to the ancient Greeks than geeks.

This is how I summed up my own self when talking to a group of media tycoons and senior journalists in Colombo earlier this month.

I explained: I keep asking more questions than I can answer. The ancient Greeks did the same – they were the first to ask many fundamental questions in philosophy and science. They didn’t always get the answers right, but started quests that lasted for millennia…

As Ed Johnson recently wrote: “We have so many things to thank the Greeks for, from philosophy to democracy. They were the ones who established the first civilization, governed by free citizens. Individual liberty has been the basis of civilization ever since.”

It so happens that I recently completed 40 years in this business of playing the Greek. As I recalled a few weeks ago on the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing, I had an early start in asking difficult, sometimes irritating, questions.

I’m fortunate to be welcomed among media practitioners as well as media researchers. I’m not a card-carrying member of either group, but I have great fun hobnobbing with both. This is what Irish journalist-cum-academic Conor Cruise O’Brien once called ‘having a foot in both graves’!

And I’m also grateful for being allowed into the community of geeks, especially of the IT, ICT and gadget-wielding kind.

Author: Nalaka Gunawardene

A science writer by training, I've worked as a journalist and communication specialist across Asia for 30+ years. During this time, I have variously been a news reporter, feature writer, radio presenter, TV quizmaster, documentary film producer, foreign correspondent and journalist trainer. I continue to juggle some of these roles, while also blogging and tweeting and column writing.

3 thoughts on “A Greek among geeks: Importance of asking the right questions…”

  1. You really are unable to decide your identity. Some weeks ago you were comparing yourself to Italians, and now you claim to be Greek! I don’t think the Italians and Greeks are going to both accept you if you have a foot in the other camp…

  2. Sandra,
    You’re right — but it’s no accident. I wear many different hats and am perceived in different ways in the various circles I move in. My complete lack of a religious label confounds some. My disinterest in politics disappoints others. But long ago I decided to march to a different drum beat so this is the rocky path I’ve chosen.

    As I say in the self-intro on this blog:
    Since I remain open-minded and eager for new knowledge, my views on some topics and issues keep evolving over time. Although it’s tempting to go back and edit some of my earlier blog posts in the light of new knowledge or understanding, I refrain from doing so. And if that sometimes presents (minor) inconsistencies, I can only quote Walt Whitman in my defence:
    Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then I contradict myself,
    (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

    Source: https://movingimages.wordpress.com/about/

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