The common wisdom was that our brain anatomy was fixed. After childhood, our brain changed only when brain cells failed to develop properly or were injured, or died, they could not be replaced. Nor could the brain ever alter its structure and find a new way to function if part of it was damaged. The theory of the unchanging brain decreed that people who were born with brain or mental limitations or who sustained brain damage would be limited or damaged for life.
Siddhartha is a 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse, a German-born Nobel Prize winner in Literature (1946). It is a story of a spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautam Buddha.
In a hope to find peace and enlightenment, Siddhartha left his home with his best friend Govinda into the forest and become a Samana. Hesse's story of Siddhartha shows that peace and understanding can't be attained through intellectual methods, or nor through accompanying pain of samsara.