Engagement and Collaboration – Gopal Guru

According to Kierkegaard, a philosopher does not need company. A philosopher chooses to walk alone. Similarly, the tiger also walks alone without collaboration. I do not want to be a philosopher or a tiger, I want to enjoy the journey! But  collaboration is not simple either, it also a moral challenge. To take the lead in terms of collaborating to produce knowledge is a very rare moral resource. What we find in our country, instead, is collaboration within closely guarded collaborations, which are not available to anybody. So the need of the hour is to give some kind of democratic content to collaboration. There is a difference between collaboration within and collaboration across. Collaboration is needed for me to learn from others, as much as they should learn from me. That is the sustainability of mutual curiosity. Collaboration becomes a social need.

– Gopal Guru


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