Few days ago, I slept half past eleven in the evening to finish watching the recent movie recommendation from my hubby – 3 Idiots. Actually, my hubby recommended it few months ago but I didn’t bother giving time to watch a movie about idiots. Such a waste of time, I thought!
After watching the movie, I realized that I did waste time – I wasted time for not watching it few months ago. The movie taught me a lot of fantastic life lessons that I will never learn in a conformist society that we are living in. The movie also taught me how to face life with an unorthodox and positive mindset. I won’t tell much of the story as I encourage you to see it for yourself. The movie is too beautiful to be narrated only in writing. Though, I’m giving here five reasons why it is “sometimes” good to be an idiot.
Reason #1: Idiots believe that learning is more important than the degree. This is especially true for Rancho, which I will not elaborate as this is one of the highlights of the movie.
How often do you meet people who brag about the diplomas and the degrees they earned from the Harvards of the world? Some people believe that the degree that they earned, the perfect scores they got in college, and the medals and trophies define who they are. How many of your high school or college classmates who failed in Algebra became top salesmen or successful entrepreneurs? How many of your classmates who belong to the Achievers’ Club now work in a big company living paycheck to paycheck, driving a company-owned (not his own) car, relying on the company’s heath benefits for the family’s medication, or working abroad away from his/her loved ones to make ends meet?
Our society puts too much pressure on education that it is focused on getting good grades, getting high scores on entrance exams, being the number one in the class, etc. that we fail to focus more on learning. Idiots think differently. It doesn’t matter if they get kicked-out for their stupidity from a class, it doesn’t matter if they don’t get the top spot in the class. Because, for idiots , learning is not limited to memorizing textbook meanings.
Reason #2: Idiots challenge the conventional. Idiots ride a different train – they take a different path, they do things differently. Idiots prefer simple terms not because their brains cannot comprehend complicated definitions. It’s because they avoid complexity.
Idiots are advocates of change. Rancho had countless unpleasant encounters and arguments with Albert Einstein look-a-like – ICE’s Director Viru Sahasrabuddhe (a.k.a. Virus). One of which is when Rancho challenged Virus and told him that he is not comfortable on having the grades of the students posted because it publicizes the students’ weaknesses. As you watch the movie you will witness more funny encounters between Virus and Rancho.
Reason #3: Idiots value their family that they are on their topmost priority (sometimes, next to their dreams). Raju, the family’s only hope to have a better life, is motivated to be an engineer in order to buy a car which they will use as dowry so her sister can get married, to buy medicines for his paralyzed father, and to serve decent food on their dining table.
I admire Rancho when he said, “There is only one dad, there are lots of exams.” For the idiots, it doesn’t matter if they fail to attend a class or take an exam as long as they can take care of a father who just had a near-death experience. Indeed, it is true that we only have one family, while everything else has duplicates.
Most employees – janitors, service crews, factory workers, managers, supervisors, division heads, alike spend more time in their workplace. They only stop for short vacations or holidays, or whenever they or a family member are sick, or whenever a love one died. Sad, but nothing stops us from working. We are like machines who can’t afford to pause and to take time to walk in a park or play with our toddlers because we are too busy with too many things. We fail to realize that the company where we are working at can immediately terminate, suspend or replace us, while our special place in the hearts of our loved ones is irreplaceable.
Reason #4: Idiots become what they want to be. They follow their passion in choosing their profession. They are not enslaved by somebody else’s dreams. Take for example Farhan who pursued his dream of becoming a wildlife photographer against his father’s will who want him to become an engineer.
We owe it to ourselves to pursue our passion. A lot of books nowadays encourage us to follow our passion and capitalize from it. There is nothing more rewarding than living a life free from pretensions. Life is too short to be spent on living other people’s (parents included) dreams. That is why it is repeatedly mentioned in the movie that you don’t chase your dreams, because if you work with passion, success will come to you.
Reason #5: Idiots are courageous human beings. I can never forget how Rancho taught Raju and Farhan what to do whenever faced with problems. He told them:
According to Rancho, that simple gesture doesn’t actually solve the problem but it gives them courage to face their problems. I tried this simple gesture myself (Haha!). Indeed, it gave me an unusual strength and courage to face life’s challenges. So, when I faced with fears, I simply tell myself ,”All is well.”
The 3 Idiots are Actually Smart
The 3 Idiots is the kind of movie I will watch over and over again without getting bored. This movie is full of wit and rich in life lessons. It is a must watch movie for parents and senior high school students who are still making up their mind on what course to take in college.
I realized, these idiots are no idiots at all.
Embracing an idiot side of me,