The power of curiosity in a familiar world

Talking to people I’ve never met before is my adventure.*
(Kio Stark)

A designer does not have the luxury of cynicism. A cynical designer? That shouldn’t exist. That’s a joke.**
(Bruce Mau)

The familiar looks different to unfamiliar eyes, The School of Life naming children, travellers and artists amongst those who possess such eyes:

One of the things it’s easiest to forget about children is that they are aliens recently descended from another planet. In the way they look at everything around them, in the wide open stares they give to ways of living and being that have grown utterly familiar and therefore invisible to our eyes, they may as well have stepped off a galactic aircraft in an unobserved corner of a wheatfield. Coming from so far away, everything on our earth is to them new, interesting and worthy of examination. Nothing is to be taken for granted. There are so many questions to ask. The whole world is, via their as yet unmarked minds, born anew.^

The world becomes a bigger place when with curiosity we appear as learners, discovering everything and everyone is a teacher.

Humble openness allows us to see something outside our ken, is open to seeing this for what it is, and does not desire to own it.

This is wisdom, humility uncovering simplicity on the far side of complexity:

There is an elegance and beauty to wisdom. She brings simplicity out of complexity.^^

(*From Kio Stark’s When Strangers Meet.)
(**Bruce Mau, quoted in Warren Berger’s Glimmer.)
(^From The School of Life’s article: How to be Curious.)
(^^From Erwin McManus’ Uprising.)

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