Why? Why? Why?

by David · 4 comments

Children learn fast because their brains are formed in such a way it’s extremely easy to absorb new information.

But there’s another reason: children are extremely curious.

Have a short conversation with any child and the question ‘why’ is asked an awful lot.

But you see, it’s not an ‘awful lot’. How often they ask questions is awesome.

Awesome because questions are what lead to discovery; not only of the world, but of self.

Unfortunately, curiosity is tamed, suppressed and in some cases killed by silly adults and their systems.

How often were you told not to ask questions? that you’re question was not important? or that things are the way they are ‘just because’?

If you’re experience is anything like mine, then it was certainly an ‘awful lot’.

As I see it, suppressing curiosity is wicked, traitorous and, erm… darn right evil.

Ask many questions and have no fear of the quantity.

Here are are some ideas to get you started:

Why am I getting a degree when so many are not getting jobs?

How do I know my religion is the right one if I’ve never looked at others?

Why do I want mortgage that will put me in debt for the rest of my life?

The answers to these questions are simple. But as you’ll see, questioning the status quo is a lonely journey, that’s why the majority choose to be sheep.

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  • Ryanj252

    Short and to the point! Very interesting! I just watched a documentary (TED talk actually) on how TV affects kids brains. You can make a smart child if you teach them the right things and answer their questions early on in their life

    • Believe it or not, I don’t own a TV.  I’ve always said that TV makes the brain slow  >_<!

      Care to share the link to the Ted Talk? 

  • David, this post goes along well with what I’ve been exploring in terms of children and creativity. Adults so effortlessly shut the door on children’s creativity, and the same goes for children’s curiosity. Becoming aware of how we react to our children’s or our own creativity and curiosity is just the first step toward allowing free thinking and innovation.

    • Thanks for stopping by Heather! 

      I couldn’t agree with you more – prevention is certainly better than a cure, however I do think this is something that’s reversible by stepping out of one’s comfort zone and forcing oneself to try new things. 

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