When I was searching for a topic for my #30DaysWritingChallenge, I found an interesting question.
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and why?
A name immediately came up and followed by the other two names. So, let's get down to business. Here are the three people that I would like to have dinner with:
1. Charles Darwin
I had an interest in evolution since many years ago. I think this theory is beyond cool. It captivated me. The more I read about it, the more I believe in evolution. I even took a free course in Coursera about the subject. And the more I learn about it, the more I admire Charles Darwin.
He must really have a bright mind to come with the idea of evolution. Not only that, but he also must have been really meticulous to collect all the specimens. I also believe he must have been really neat. Don't even question his persistence because obviously he had it. To be on a voyage for years collecting all those natural specimens sure won't be easy. He did it, though.
This is why I wish I could have dinner with him. If I had the opportunity, I would ask him in person about his journey on that HMS Beagle. I also would ask him to explain the theory. I mean, it would be really such an honor to get the theory from the first source, right? And I'm so curious about the process of the theory itself. Like, how he came up with the idea, how he collected and kept all those specimens, how he wrote his theory, and how he felt about Alfred Wallace. The most important thing is I would ask him to teach me how to be persistent, neat, and meticulous.
I really want to learn a lot from Socrates, especially about his modesty. He claimed to be ignorant, but he wasn't. He asked people in Athens for their opinion. He pretended to be foolish by asking people a lot of questions and compelled people to use their head. Until at certain point people would realize their flaws in their arguments. This is known as Socratic Method.
According to him the ultimate wisdom comes from knowing oneself. So, if I had a chance to have dinner with him, I would ask him to teach me the ultimate wisdom. I also was going to ask him to make me his disciple. It would be such a great honor to have The Father of Philosopher as my mentor.
Yes, I know Ekalaya is a fictitious character from the epic Mahabharata. He doesn't fit the criteria here, but who cares? I just feel the obligation to put his name on the list.
I adore Ekalaya. I love his self-taught spirit. Broken-hearted by the rejection he still politely asked Durna's blessing and he got the blessing. Then he made a statue of Durna. Every time before he practiced, he kissed the statue's foot pretending it was the real Durna. And every single day--for many, many years--he practiced all by himself. His skill in archery was exceptional and he was far better than Durna's best pupil, Arjuna (that spoiled brat!).
This is why I wanted to have dinner with Ekalaya. Even though he got rejected by Durna, he taught himself to be the greatest archer. He is the excellent model for discipline. He knew what he wanted and he's so determined to get his goals. I wanted to learn that from him directly. I wanted him to teach me perseverance and all his values in life.
If only I had the chance to have dinner with him, the first thing I would ask him was why on Earth he adored Durna so much and deliberately cut his thumb because Durna asked him to?
So, those are the two persons in history and one fictitious character that I would like to have dinner with. Writing this post makes me want to ask someone who is still kicking and alive to have dinner with me. But, wait, why don't you just ask me?