A Futile Exercise | IIM Kashipur

“Dialectic Splitting of Dogmatic Hair”.

As soon as Professor Ramaswamy spoke this sentence, it generated a sense of anxiety in my mind. I felt like a child who wants to solve the puzzle but knows not how to do so. I have always been a mute spectator or more profoundly an observant savourer of the pure breeze of knowledge that flows in Professor Ramaswamy’s class but this time anxiety propelled me to ask the professor of its meaning.

The Professor replied, “Cogito, ergo sum”. Another phrase to abet the storm of anxiety, which previously was too much to handle for my minutely capable processing cortex. I replied, “But what does it mean, Professor?” He said, “That is on you to find and let me know the next time we meet”. Class ended and I went back to my room with my mind resting in the class and still pondering over the sorcery which the professor had played.

As soon as I reached my room, I opened my computer and typed “Dialectic Splitting of Dogmatic Hair”. Alas, even Google could not quench the ongoing disquiet as for the first time in our 15 years relationship she failed me. Then a sudden pang of cogency struck me, I thought let’s take the help of Adam Smith and follow his renowned principle of division of labour. So, I decided to tackle this monster part by part.

First I asked Google the meaning of “Dialect”, she said “it has something to do with a particular form of language specific to a particular region” and then I asked her about “Dogmatic” to which she replied “Unquestionable”. Her replies were not satisfactory at all as I spent the whole night thinking about how can one use language to split something, and to add insult to injury, like hair that too unquestionable? Or, how can a hair be unquestionable as with my every falling hair I ask why? I gave each and every permutation of thoughts a cogent glance but still failed to reach any conclusion and retired to sleep thinking of the same.

Next day, while rushing to the class, I resolved to take a concrete answer to my eerie anxiety. At the end of class, I reached the professor and asked: “Professor I couldn’t reach any conclusion and your sentence is still elvish to me.” to which he said “Tell me what were you thinking”. Being as docile as ever, I narrated my whole ordeal of the previous day. Professor, with his evergreen smile, asked:” Can you split a hair?”. I replied, “I couldn’t imagine of any such activity”. Professor again asked me, “Can language be sharp?” to which I nodded in obeisance. Then he said “There are some things which you can never achieve even with tools as sharp as dialect” to which I replied, “It means a futile exercise”. He said, “Indeed”. And that’s what you could have avoided if you would be listening carefully”. And after this, the professor retired to his room and I couldn’t ask him the latter part of the sentence.

I still try to remember the latter part of the sentence but, it is nothing more than “Dialectic Splitting of Dogmatic Hair”. This instance reminds me of how privileged I am to be taught be such a great mind and to this day it is the most memorable classroom experience of B-School as it taught me the importance of being a good listener and to pay attention to details.

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