THE DECAY OF PEOPLE’S CURIOSITIES THROUGH TIME
Why people are not curious when they are getting older?
You know, lots of people, including me, when we were very very young, we often ask a lot of questions about everything, we wonder everything,“ what’s this, what ’s that? ” But when we got older, those kinds of questions just disappeared. When people ask, “ Do you understand? ” We often say, “ Of course I do! ” With a “ I don’t give a crap ” attitude. That makes me wonder, What changed? Why aren’t we curious any more? What happened with our curiosities? Some people might say, “ Maybe it’s because we know more.” That is probably the case with a certain amount of people, but not everyone. I believe there are three stages in life that effect our curiosities:
1. When we know nothing or know too little.
2. When we know enough to live an ordinary life.
3. When we know very much.
Now, these three stages, like I said, are what I believe effect people’s curiosities. Allow me to explain.
The first stage: When we know nothing or know too little.
How does that effects our curiosities? When we know nothing or too little, though we see things or we see what people do with it, we still don’t know what it is, or what it does. So we simply ask the people around us. Like when we were children, we would bombard our parents with millions of whys. This is the stage when our curiosities are the most intense. When we’ve asked enough, we move to the next stage.
The second stage: When we know enough to live an ordinary life.
In this stage, I believe we don’t generate much curiosities. For instance, in China, people are taught not to question if they can solve them themselves. Also not to question any authorities, like parents, teachers, etc… Due to this, even if someone is curious about something, they won’t say it out loud. This particular problem is now appearing in the western countries. But not because of the pressure from society, it is because there is something called Google. We just tap what we want to know, and the answer pops up on the screen. We like using smartphones, but unlike children, we don’t ask questions like: “ Dad, how does it work? Why can it work like this? ” Instead, we just sat there, and enjoyed the convenience it brought us. So, you now can see the problem hidden behind the second stage, “ We don’t ask, and we don’t want to know. ”
The third stage: When we know very much.
This is the stage I believe our curiosities are the second intense comparing to the second stage. When we managed to gain a lot of knowledge, we became wise. People consider a wise man a know-it-all. They believe that’s what genius is. But the truth is.. (And I am sorry to slap you in the face) The more knowledge you gain, the more curious you will be. To put it in a nutshell, a wise man asks more questions. But what’s the difference between a wise man and a wiser man? When a wise man asks himself a question, he will turn to another wise man for help in order to solve it, but when a wiser man asks himself a question, he focus on solving the question himself. Take Einstein for example, he had a terrible hair-style, but because he asked a lot of questions, and he focused on solving them, he created the Theory of Relativity, and became the world’s greatest scientist.
Curiosity is like imagination, they are both treasures. When you find yourself stuck in the second stage that I told you about, you should try as hard as you can to push yourself through this rigorous period, read a bunch of books, try something new, or even meditate. I’m sure you can conquer any problems. If you find this to be very difficult, or that you are not motivated to push yourself any more, try going to Ted.com. That has really helped me in the past. Hopefully you can find something to motivate you to stay curious, and ask lots of questions. Remember, always carry your sense of curiosity, no matter what comes next.
Originally published at www.childish.top on August 29, 2016.