Monday, January 28, 2013

The Curious Mind

The curious mind is the mind of the future, it is curiosity that helps us engage in the world in a productive and critical way, plus it is the natural state of all children.  But I wonder why so many adults are largely incurious?

I love to explore history, philosophy, and the human brain.  I'm exceedingly curious about the human condition, science, the mysteries of the Universe, and the meaning of life, and I am deeply saddened when I find that so many people today refuse to question anything.

In my experience, an inane lack of curiosity goes hand in hand with inflexibility, cynicism or pessimism, and unabated self-righteousness.  It is the closed mind that has a resistance to change or learning, a low tolerance for difference, ambiguity, or uncertainty, and a fear of all that is different.

Has life  becomes so complicated that it's easier to be disengaged, unmotivated or lack initiative rather than be open minded, questioning, and amazed by the possibilities of the mysterious world around us?

Religious extremists are a perfect example.  I have found that fanatically religious people of any kind or denomination have the least amount of curiosity.  The extremists are largely defensive, argumentative, and severely judgmental-- particularly of things they don't understand.

I also think a lack of curiosity goes hand in hand with a lack of creativity.  Therefore, I implore you to open your mind to the wonders of the Universe around you, question everything, be powerful, positive, amazed and creative.

(This spread of Cone Flowers was done in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook, using Peerless Watercolors, pen & ink.)

Thanks for checking in. xx