As a child, I was informed that ‘dull’ and ‘boring’ were swear words. Anything could be interesting if you looked at it long enough, asked enough questions, and any time you had free could be easily filled by more looking, listening, imagining, and investigating. (“Are we there yet?” was similarly disallowed, but “where are we?” was allowed as often as we liked, so long as we were willing to track our road trip route on a map.) Consequently, I’ve spent my life always looking for the next new and interesting thing, and somehow I always find something.
A few interesting reads on the topic of curiosity:
- How political leanings shape the values we pass on to our children: curiosity, obedience, responsibility, and more – from the Pew Research Center
- “Follow my Curious Example” from Butts in the Seats, on promoting audience curiosity and not being afraid of silence.
- Isaac Asimov on Curiosity, Taking Risks, and the Value of Space Exploration (Muppet Magazine, 1983) on Brain Pickings
- Creating, collaborating, and competing on cabinets of curiosities: educational activities for young kids through teens.
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