Let’s raise curious monkeys.
We’re born curious. Wide eyed kids looking around inquisitively, asking the most innocent yet provocative questions, finding so much pleasure in exploration and being little investigators. This sense of wander has become exclusively associated to kids and is not instilled in us as we get older. By the time we reach adulthood, we’re way to busy to even bother to allow ourselves to be curious - we’ve lost our excitement for life.
Greek philosopher Socrates taught his students by asking questions and drawing answers by getting them to dig deep, question, investigate, explore and discover. Nowadays, regretfully, the tables have turned. We tell our kids to sit down, listen, take notes and repeat what we’ve said like the glorified parrots we seem to be proud to raise. To top it off if they even dare to ask a question or challenge us, we’ll probably huff and puff and impatiently show them we’re not amused. So we’re indirectly telling them never to question or challenge us or life again. This is the horrid harsh reality the majority of kids are faced with. Intentionally or not, we’re killing curiosity.
If and when we’re conveniently pushing curiosity to the curb, we’re literally inviting tragedy to strike. If we are slowly loosing our ability to be curious we are falling down a deep dark hole leading to an extremely boring life. If we block creativity, we’re allowing our mind to become passive and we’re letting brilliance pass by. This is what we’re doing to our kids. Sheer waste.
So, let’s raise curious monkeys, for curiosity is the magic of life. It’s the key to an everlasting quest to discovering the greatness of life, it is an essential trait of a genius, it is the fuel of a powerful mind and it brings the joy of self discovery and the ultimate pleasure of truly living.