My 400th post. When we’re little we grow up with so much curiosity. Curiosity because we’re keen to learn; we’re keen to understand; we want to ask the questions that will enhance our lives and help us grow and function in the world.
But why do we stop asking questions the older we get? Perhaps it’s because of fear and apprehension. Fear because we’re afraid to find out what the answers are going to be. Perhaps finding out would change our path in life, which for some might bring about anxiety and apprehension, but for others asking may simply bring about new opportunities.
I say apprehension, because to ask questions might bring with it slight uncertainty of what we may have to face the other side of the question. Perhaps it’s 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 those questions.
I think school is also to blame. In school, we’re taught to focus on finding the correct answers to questions already asked, rather than ask our own questions; or explore our own understanding. The problem with that is that we can never expand our minds that way. Without expanding our minds, we will hold back. Someone else’s belief system also becomes our belief system and so the cycle continues.
We need to set up our own belief system so that individually we can choose how we want to go. Just as we need to recognise other people’s beliefs, they need to recognise ours too. When we learn new things; we push ourselves beyond what we already know. We also allow ourselves to explore other people’s opinions of what they tell us. Only then may we start to view the world differently.
Seeing the world from a different point of view gives us more opportunities to be encouraged, to ask more questions so that we continue to challenge ourselves further. We may even make new connections along the way.