When we’re little we grow up with curiosity. Curiosity because we’re keen to learn, curiosity because we’re keen to understand, we ask questions that will help us grow and function in our world.
But why do we stop asking questions the older we get? Perhaps it’s because we’re apprehensive what’s on the other side of those answers, or we’re fearful for what the answers might be.
Perhaps finding out would take us down a path we’re not ready for or around illness we’re not prepared for the inevitable and that in itself brings about fear. Perhaps it’s just easier for someone else to ask the question, so we don’t have to. Not all of us are good at asking questions, let alone making decisions on the other side of questions.
In school, we’re taught to focus on finding the correct answers to questions already asked, rather than ask our own questions, or for us explore our own understanding. But we can never expand our minds that way and without expanding our minds, we will always be held back and hold back. Sadly, not asking questions means someone else’s belief system will become our belief system and the cycle continues.
Our belief system needs to be ours so that we can choose how we want to think. When we get to learn new things, we push ourselves beyond what we already know. We can still listen to other people’s opinions of course, but we need to form our own.
Only then will we start to view the world differently. Seeing the world from a different view point, gives us opportunities to be encouraged and to ask more questions so that we can challenge ourselves further.
We may even get to make new connections along the way.