Thursday, August 31, 2006
You cannot order people to be curious or open-minded
Among the characteristics which we say we value most are curiosity and open-mindedness. Yet so many people have that shut down as they grow up. Children who ask many questions are told to shut up and do as they are told. Parents and teachers show unshakeable beliefs in many things. Society tends to respect people who will not consider alternative viewpoints. Changing one's mind is considered a sign of weakness. Young people not only often have poor role models, but are intentionally limited in their thinking by adults.