If you’re from 16 to 30, then you probably grew up reading the Harry Potter books and watching the movies. And if you’re older or younger, then you’ve probably watched or read Harry Potter anyway, just because Harry Potter is just THAT GOOD.
Most of us are familiar with the character of Hermione Granger, a brilliant witch who enjoys studying and learning about the wizarding world. Because she was so brilliant, she saved her friends’ lives on many occasions!
We might think, sure, if WE lived in the Harry Potter series then we would do the same. We would want to learn as much as we could about the wizarding world and everything in it! After all, it’s a really incredible fictional world!
But what about our world? Can’t we think like Hermione in our own world?
Why do you want to study, anyway? Shouldn’t it be because you want to learn?
Think about it: If our world, a world that might seem so boring or normal to us, were a a book, wouldn’t there be people dreaming of living in it? People would find our world fascinating. There might not be magic in our world, but I’m sure that these readers would find all of our technology and places and the human mind– everything– very interesting. Readers would wish that THEY were humans, humans who could live in the amazing world of earth! They wouldn’t care that life sucks sometimes, or that lots of people are annoying, or about the sadness and chaos on earth– they’d want to learn about our world just as we want to learn about fantasy worlds.
We should view our world like an outsider might, and then realize that hey, maybe we’re lucky to have the opportunity to learn as much as we can about it. We have the chance to learn how to read microexpressions, learn about the history of the world, learn why humans to bad things, learn how the human body works, learn how different machines work– and how many of us actually WANT to?
In my opinion, I certainly want to. I want to think like Hermione– think that this world has plenty for us to learn about, so I’m going to learn about it. I wouldn’t be one of those annoyingly ignorant book characters, I would want to be one that knows a lot about their world. I don’t want to be a know-it-all, no– I just want to know a lot. As a human, I’m practically obligated to. If I’m interested in it, I’m going to learn about it. If not, I’m wasting my potential as a human in this world.
Not wanting to learn about anything– that’s like staying in level one of a video game and not even bothering to collect all the items or defeat all the enemies. AND you skip the scenes.
Not wanting to learn about anything– that would be like Hermione skipping classes and sitting in the Gryffindor common room instead of learning as much as she could about the wizarding world.
So hey, I’m going to learn about stuff because I’m interested in it and that is that!