Are you hungry?


Hungry for many things is what we are as students. Our body is like a vehicle that needs to be filled up with several commodities—information, sustenance, passion, solace, love, and other things that we find enjoyable and valuable enough to make us satisfied. We yearn for information as much as we yearn for food to stay alive.

With this, I say, we are always hungry. When we’re hungry, we don’t only search for a place to devour our cravings, but we also seek for a place where we can be comfortable. Being at ease provides us to think freely, with no pressure and distraction from others, which is the same with gaining knowledge.

Isn’t obtaining knowledge comparable to developing our curiosity? In a recent study, researchers from the United Kingdom and Japan discovered that curiosity works a lot like hunger. And like hunger for food, it’s truly hard to ignore. Acquiring new facts is like eating a new meal from our favored dining house—we keep wanting more and only feeling contented after a short period of time. Curiosity leads us to look for food we want—we yearn to know its flavor or if it will make us full.

Hunger for knowledge isn’t the only thing we crave, but also hunger for support. We, as students, complain and feel worthless when we think we failed a bad exam, but when we didn’t, we rejoice and even celebrate our triumph with our friends. We treat ourselves as champions and we seek acceptance from others.

“Do my friends feel good, too, because they passed?” “Am I the only one feeling this way?” These are the questions we ask when we feel joie de vivre. We want others to see our emotions, and we want them to accept us as what we are. 

Knowledge and acceptance are two highly important things, but aside from those, we thirst for something more and major: love and passion.

We are all loved since we cannot survive without it. But the question remains: Is the love enough? Similar to eating, loving should be continuous and passionate. In an article of The Buddhist Review: Tricycle, love and faith share the same essence of deep caring. As young students who are in the midst of maturity and development, curiosity about love is normal. We thirst for that certain feeling, but we must know that it is a process. Its nature is to give energy and to exercise our compassion toward others. 

This piece of perspective will lead us to know that we are beings who are always hungry for something. Behind our smiles and tears, we continuously long for something that we already have. I think being hungry for such things is an important discussion because we don’t realize how hungry we are, and it may lead us to harm others or even ourselves.

We, I say, are always hungry and we should be proud of it. The hungrier and more curious we are, the more we learn, explore, and experience different things that will help us improve ourselves, whether by making mistakes, or by making big decisions. F

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Vol. 55, Issue No. 1 of the Flame. View the entire issue through this link:

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