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I want to talk about intellectual curiosity.
Remember the story of the baby elephant and his insatiable curiosity? Supposed to be a cautionary tale, but when I was a kid and first heard this story my take-away was that this kid, this questioning, curious kid, used his inquiring mind to ask enough questions to cause himself some pain (the learning process is frequently painful) but gained something fabulous in the end.
The ability to spank his elders, and anyone who would try to hold him in the dark.
Always question. If my message is not clear to you then maybe you are missing something other than information – maybe you are lacking perspective.
If you do not understand what someone is saying to you, or why they are saying it – try finding more information about that person and what has brought them to the place where they stand and talk to you.
Or you could just open your mouth like a baby bird and cry ‘feed me!’
The more I think about this, the more steamed I get. I blame this lack of wonderment for so many of the social ills we suffer from. Too many of us will sit passively, accepting whatever we are fed so long as that presentation is authoritative. Truth? Why should we doubt?
Has it somehow become (again) sinful to question, to doubt? Hasn’t this behavior led us down dark paths before? Should we ever willingly accept BECAUSE I SAID SO (A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY/IT’S WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE/THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS DONE) as an answer to ANYthing? I say no.
Ted Sturgeon said – always ask the next question, until there are no more questions to ask, and then maybe, just maybe, you will have arrived at some kind of truth.
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