Thought for the Day – 19 June 2017
Did you ever wonder why it is that little kids, as soon as they can talk, start asking questions? And they keep on asking questions until their parents could go crazy. But if you watch adults, they ask much fewer questions. Is that because they know all the answers? No, I don’t think so. The answer to the question about kids is multi-faceted. First, their minds are empty and their curiosity is operating at full speed. Everything is new. They know nothing. And, they want to know everything and they want to know, RIGHT NOW. Second, they see no reason why you wouldn’t know the answers to their questions and be willing to share your knowledge. They are busy building their frames of reference; creating their bases for learning; trying to satisfy this insatiable curiosity and becoming familiar with the world round them.
So, why don’t adults ask so many questions? Again the answer is multifaceted. First, some adults do still ask so many questions. But they are in the minority, because most people have either lost their curiosity or suppressed it. Why? Well, if you are a parent or have been one, or if you are a relative of very young children, you will know how irritating the endless questions can become. Often, they become so irritating that the adult snaps at the child. Over time, the child learns that asking questions ‘makes Mummy and Daddy cross’, so they stop asking. If they keep their curiosity they will find other ways of getting answers. Otherwise they will suppress their curiosity until it atrophies through lack of use.
The problem with this is that the world keeps changing, the challenges happen faster and faster, the natural resources of the planet are depleting and mankind is threatened with extinction if human behavior doesn’t change. And how will it change if more and more of us don’t start asking questions. And, not only asking those questions, but demanding answers and not being satisfied with the well-known, and often repeated, brush-offs from politicians and bureaucrats. They are servants of the people and should behave that way. We should always remember that it is our lives that are on the line here, and insatiable curiosity is a necessity to take us to a better place.
So, taking all that into account, my thought for today is very simple:
“Adapt, or die!”
Start your questions, right away!