The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has
its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he
(sic) contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of
reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of
this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. — Albert Einstein
A friend sent this quote to me today (thanks, Bill!) in reference to my two year-old son, and his great curiosity about the world. Children
are naturally curious, but as adults, we lose some of our ability
to question. We take our surroundings, our lives, what is possible, as static
When I taught outdoor education
students, I saw how children were natural scientists: "why is the sky
blue?" As a child myself growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970’s, I
wanted to help reclaim strip mines when I grew up – I saw myself
driving around the country in a VW Bus full of grass-seed, bunnies and
deer. While my ecology wasn’t quite on target, I knew even as a child
that I wanted to make a contribution to improving problems in the world.
In our busy lives, we often can forget the importance of stepping back and getting curious about our world. It’s the curiosity
that brought many of us to wanting to make a difference in the world in
the first place – we need to get back in touch with what made us
question the realities we wanted to change.
To consider curiosity as holy – to be reverent and in awe of questioning – I like that.
What’s your holy curiosity about?
What have you stopped questioning?
What’s too important not to question?