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The Prosperity Power of Curiosity

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By Randy Gage in Critical Thinking, Success, Prosperity.

In yesterday’s post I spoke about celebrating the awesome astonishment of now.  But I must admit, I did experience some negative thoughts about the issue…

During the NASA live stream of the release of the SpaceX/Dragon Cargo Craft from the space station, I sent out a tweet, beseeching all parents to get their kids to watch.  A few minutes later as I was watching myself, I started wondering if kids today would find the show very mesmerizing.  There were long pauses between the action, where the feed was completely silent.

I began to worry.  Would a kid today, raised on video games and JJ Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Wars even pay attention to an actual real-time NASA feed?  Would the live stream create the same awe, wonder and curiosity – to fuel the desire of the next generation of scientists, pioneers, and space explorers?

That line of thought was actually a little depressing.  But my next realization brightened things up…

Because the next generation of explorers (or teachers, visionaries, innovators and others who disrupt our current reality), doesn’t have to come from reading textbooks, listening to professors, or watching actual NASA feeds.  If that spark of curiosity is fanned by Harry Potter, a superhero movie, or any other flight of fantasy, it is still curiosity nonetheless.

If you read my Mad Genius book, you know that curiosity is vital to development, innovation and breakthroughs.   It is the power that takes us forward.  So let’s discover it, nourish it, and celebrate it, wherever we find it!

-RG

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2 thoughts on “The Prosperity Power of Curiosity

  1. Paul Erickson says:

    No, Randy, you definitely should be concerned considering the following facts:

    1. 61% of Americans polled refute The Big Bang Theory
    2. 52% oppose evolution from earlier species of animals
    3. 70% felt government funding for science was adequate or too generous
    4. 1 In 4 believe that the sun orbits the earth
    5. 12 states And Washington D.C. allow publicly funded schools to teach the Creationist Theory as part of their curriculum
    6. Only 25% of men and 20% of women could name one of their 2 US Senators (the percentage was worse for Millennials)

    And don’t put your hopes into Millennials – if they are not stoned and cannot watch it on their cell phones, it isn’t going to happen. Dumbing down Americans have been systematically occurring through our politicians, entertainment media, schools, news outlets (especially Internet news), religious leaders, and marketing by large corporations. Trust me, trying to get people to be free, critical thinkers is like bailing out the Titanic with a thimble. I’m finished so please excuse me – I’m going to get stoned and stare mindlessly at my cell phone for hours on end and wonder why I can’t get a job or move out of my parent’s house.

    1. Jane Champion says:

      Paul, what you say is sad but true

 

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