“Maybe answers are just resting places on the way to better questions.” ~ Mark Causey*
Curiosity is an innate human trait, one which is at the core of all human inventiveness and creativity. Evidence of this can be clearly seen in the nearly unquenchable hunger for knowledge that resides in the hearts of babies and young children. This curiosity fuels all human achievement, growth, and development. Thankfully, we are all born curious.
I adore Google. In fact, I have no idea how I ever got along without it for the first 30+ years of my life. For an eternal questioner and devout seeker of knowledge like me, it’s pretty great to have the answers to any question I can imagine at the tip of my fingers (literally). But the problem with Google is that it allows the seeker to be passive – I have a question, I type a few keywords into the search box, I get an answer. There is no impetus to continue my quest for deeper knowledge. Google is a curiosity killer.
Like planting a garden, sowing seeds of curiosity is an active endeavor. We must choose the seeds we plant, diligently tend the sprouts, cultivate growth… Maintaining our curious nature at a level high enough to encourage personal growth requires the same amount of conscious effort. We have to dig deep to formulate the essential questions – not just when, who, and what, but Why? How? What if…? The kind of curiosity that attains colossal achievement is more about the journey than the destination. It is the quest for discovery, built continuously on that which is unearthed. We need to get out in the world and experience our questions, actively engage in the search for our answers, deliberately sow the seeds of curiosity.
The most significant curiosity is that which is never satisfied. Rest a moment with your answers, but allow them to inspire you to ever deeper questions.
*Mark led a Sunday service a couple of years ago, and this statement was at the heart of his message. It resonated with me so deeply that it is still inspiring me today. Thank you, Mark.
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