Thursday, March 17, 2016

Inquisitiveness
         General Douglas MacArthur wrote, ‘Whether 16 or 70, there is in every being's heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement of the stars and the star-like things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing, childlike appetite for 'what next?'‘
         Inquisitive thinking motivates exploration, investigation, all research and learning, and is evident in most animal species. Inquiring minds have driven the development of language, learning, knowledge, skill, science, and technology over millennia. Inquisitiveness, curiosity, and questioning result in wisdom, tolerance and understanding.
         Acquire a love for learning, and search for truth, order, and beauty in the world. The depth of your questioning is more important than the answers you obtain. Strive to understand the history of human ideas. If your inquisitiveness is perceived as criticism, you may be met with the aggressive defense of 'Respect my beliefs!' People may later tend to avoid your questioning. But if dogma, a political stance, or a philosophical position discourages further inquiry, it is probably wrong.
Continue to be a seeker of truth. 
         Reinforce the thirst for knowledge. Nudge people to make their own inquiries and arrive at their own conclusions, whether or not they agree with your own. 



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