Why do we stop asking why?

September 3, 2017

When we first learn and wonder about the things around us, we ask our parents, “why?”  We ask things like:

Why is the sky blue?

Why do we have 10 toes and 10 fingers?

Why does the moon shine at night?

Why do i have to take a shower?

Why can’t dogs talk?

...and so on.

As adults, we think these are cute questions and give simple answers. But then there are times when kids ask a even more important question right after and is what really separates kids from most teens and adults.

“Why?”

Kids continually ask why because they are genuinely curious and want to understand how the world works.

We all know why the sky is blue. But, why does the air scatter blue light? Why does light have all the colors of a rainbow? Why does a rainbow arch?

… and so on.

We are all born as curious creatures. So what happens in our middle and high school years that makes most people stop wondering and just start accepting things the way they are?

If someone asks “why” multiple times, maybe we should do our best to answer each one until there are no more “whys”.  When we ask and answer more questions, we all grow and evolve as a species.

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