UU singer-songwriter Peter Mayer has a song about scientists making discoveries, only to be squashed by the powers that be. Galileo proclaims the earth is round. Darwin postulates his theory of evolution. As curious minds question them, they answer, “Do you really want to know?”
There are those who don’t want to know. They don’t want to upend their worldview. But there are others who can’t help but wonder. Curiosity and its accompanying question, “I wonder?” may not be strong in every individual, but in the species-at-large, they are crucial.
Sometimes it would be nice to be barefoot, dumb, and happy in the kitchen, following someone else’s rules and explanations, but humanity would never move forward if we were terminally content. Discomfort is the seed of invention, and wonder its tap root.
May we forever stand in awe of the endless questions the universe poses and whole-heartedly answer, “I wonder!” to its mysteries.