How is it that flocks of birds can fly in such tight formations and rarely run into each other? Who are the most influential of the ancient philosophers? How exactly does the Internet work? And why DO fools fall in love?
I don’t know.
But I hope to know. And there it is. It’s not the knowing necessarily….it’s the potential for knowing. One could never know everything, of course. Some folks are more learned than others for sure. Almost all folks are more learned than me. But I’m not here to admire the knowledgeable or admonish the ignorant.
Instead I rise in celebration of the curious!
Isn’t that what really drives everything forward? We are all at some point on the spectrum of acquired knowledge and I think it is fair to say that society has a tendency to value individuals based on their location on that spectrum. We test. We inquire about level of education. We want to know what kind of experience one has.
All very reasonable metrics. But none of these metrics tell me the degree to which one has a “natural curiousity” about the world around them….and I think that has real value. Possibly even more value than some of these other metrics in some cases.
When does curiousity disappear? Does it disappear? Does curiousity come and go throughout life or is it steady, predictable and measurable? How would you measure curiousity? Is it dependent on other factors like available time and age? How does it develop? Is there a genetic component or is it learned? Are folks with higher levels of curiousity more or less accomplished than those with lower levels?
I’m curious about curiousity. Aren’t you?