Apparently, the average British four-year-old girl asks 390 questions a day, and the boys aren’t far behind. (I’m reminded of my youngest son at five, following me around the garden asking one question after another.)
Warren Berger asks, ‘Why does that four-year-old girl begin to question less at age five or six?,’ and, ‘Why do others keep questioning …?’*
Curiosity and inquiry have not only driven the rapid development of Human culture and our understanding of what it is to be Human – and there’s more to come for Human Becomings. Change may well be the only way we get to really answer the question. What does it mean to be Human?
Good questions are like fires reinvigorating life which has stifled and made stale by a few answers made mediocre by time.**
Our questions have to come from deep within us.
We have to find and connect to this place of curiosity and questioning within. Edward Deci claims it isn’t about whether we can motivate others, but, ‘how can people create the conditions within which others will motivate themselves?’^
All of this has helped me realise I’ve been creating an environment for myself towards recovering curiosity and the ability to ask many questions, rather than reinforcing a few answers. We’ll all do it differently. I happen to mix reading, journaling, having many conversations with amazing people, and exploring and experimenting in the work I do with people.
I read with the acronym TEESA in mind: Technology, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Society, and Arts. I thought to list all the books I’m exploring and mixing ideas from at the moment:^
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
With the Grain of the Universe by Stanley Hauerwas
The Next 100 Years by George Friedman
The Power of Maps by Denis Wood
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Eternal Echoes by John O’Donohue
Flourish by Martin Seligman
(*From Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question.)
(**And great answers stand the test of time.)
(From Edward Deci’s Why We Do What We Do.)
(^Having so many on the go at the same time is something of an experiment for this year.)