Children have a natural curiosity. They’re keen to learn, and understand, asking questions that will help them grow and function in their world. As adults, we’re not all good at asking questions, let alone how best to respond to them.
When I was in school, children were mostly taught to focus on finding the correct answers to questions put to them, rather than ask their own questions, or explore their own understanding. But we can never expand our minds that way. Not being able to ask questions means someone else’s belief system will become ours, and so the cycle continues.
Our belief system needs to be our own, so that we choose how we want to think. When we learn new things, we push ourselves beyond what we already know. We can still listen to other people’s responses and opinions, but we need to be able to form our own.
Only then will we start to view and see the world differently. Seeing the world from a different viewpoint, gives us opportunities to be encouraged and to ask more questions, so that we can challenge ourselves further. As a result, we may even get to make new connections along the way.