S:    Do you want to play a game with me?

A:    Okay…sure. What’s it called?

S:    It’s called Sadiq.

A:    Of course. Don’t know why I asked. So, how does it go?

S:    Actually, I don’t think you’d be up for it. It is a bit dangerous. Nevermind.

A:    No, tell me.

S:    Forget it. I don’t want to play.

A:    Are you kidding me?

S:    Ameen, you don’t even know what the game is!

A:    So tell me then! I want to play!

S:    There it is.

A:    What?

S:    I was just conducting an experiment, subject.

A:    What experiment?

S:    You were just sitting there, watching TV, unaware of a game called Sadiq. And now here you are, getting all worked up and desperate to play.

A:    So, there’s no game?

S:    Did you not listen to what I just said? I read somewhere that knowledge, even little bit of it, is a dangerous thing. It also makes one curious, and curiosity compels people to go out of their way to do things they have no clue about. Cats aren’t the sole victims. I wonder if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.

A:    Firstly, I should tell you that I don’t particularly enjoy being treated as a subject for experiments. Secondly, it’s a great thing! Much of what we have accomplished, as a species, we owe to our curious nature. Imagine if Galileo had looked towards the sky and said “whatever”, and slept.

S:    No, I understand all that. What I’m asking is whether knowledge and intelligence are good things. Ignorance is actually bliss, isn’t it? Weren’t you happier when you knew less? Weren’t you better off not knowing there’s some game waiting to be played? Would you not agree that the world would have been a better place if humans weren’t intelligent? Yes, we’ve made great, big things, gone to the moon and mars and have our eyes set on other sparkling objects in the night sky; all of which we once knew nothing about. But the elaborate tales of horror that taint our past and present would have never occurred if we didn’t have this brain. War, love, maliciousness, ambition – our heightened senses are also a curse. Do dogs and elephants hurt like we do? I don’t think they do because they can’t think like we can.

A:    If you’re asking me if it is worth it, then I can’t give you a definitive answer. But I really don’t think that we’re cursed. It’s like the gun argument, you know. The human brain is powerful thing. You can use it for the best of things and for the worst of them. We see that every day, don’t we? Yes, we are capable of being cruel and mindless but we can also be thoughtful and sensitive and kind. It’s all part of the game.