From a young age our society teaches kids that there are dumb questions to be asked. Asking too many questions is to be looked down upon. Worst of all, if you have a question many others around you know the answer too, you are seen as dumb for not already knowing.
This mindset irks me to my core. I am so glad to say that I didn’t grow up in an environment that was negative about questions. Sure siblings could occasionally tell me to be quiet or give me a limit to how many questions I could ask in a given time period, but I was never restricted.
Recently I saw a video from The New York Times YouTube channel called “How Does Life Live? A Little Girl Wants to Know. | Op-Docs” that made me cry. A mom recorded tons of questions that her daughter had asked in the past and had her repeat them. It was moving.
I got hit with the immediate realization that one day I will have a child. I will have the responsibility of nurturing the curious mind of that child to always question, never assume, and slow to judge. These attributes are the foundation of a life that wants to seek out knowledge and then use that knowledge responsibly.
I want to make sure that child will have the confidence in their curiosity to discard those who believe in stupid questions, and ask away as they grow as people. Being able to question opens you up to new information and changing information that effect the world around you.
As much as I do not wish to be a father soon, I am beginning to pray and seek knowledge for how to nurture these traits.
If you wish to watch that YouTube video I referenced, here it is!