In that last prose piece that was written, profound curiosity was mentioned. Very many of us, when we were very young, had immense curiosity. This curiosity was a natural investigation into the nature of things. This curiosity concomitantly involved a lot of questioning. Most of us, as we aged — as one can see by observing the adults that one interacts with — have lost a lot of this innate drive to discover; unfortunately, too, the questioning has subsided and (instead) many just (more or less) accept what was poured into them. Then most look at things the way that they were programmed to look… and they end up fitting in quite nicely. This “fitting in,” however, can often be equated with stagnation, blind-acceptance, dull mediocrity, and imprisoned, bourgeois mentality. When the mind merely looks with (and “as”) the accumulated “known,” then one gets very bored, stagnant, dull, and sorrow and depression easily manifest. Many, unfortunately, have quite cadaverous minds, though they are not yet six feet under.
Real discovery, real learning, (and joy), if one is wise, is endless. Such learning, such discovery does not involve mere accumulation. It goes far beyond the mere accumulation of information and beyond the mere reacting (of that accumulation). Curiosity, if it is deep enough, even questions the parameters, nature, essence, and attributes of the very means by which it probes and discovers. Such curiosity, if it is deep enough, may even go beyond the tools that were provided (by society) for it to operate (as). These tools, as can be seen, largely consist of thought and thinking. Most have heavily relied on (and depended upon) thought in their endeavor to assimilate things and figure things out. However, here is the rub: If the tools are limited, if the tools themselves have a propensity toward distortion, if the tools themselves are fragmentary and concocted… then the outcome will (pretty much inevitably) be limited and askew.
It may be that there is a profound learning and a profound curiosity that (together) occur beyond mere accumulation. Such a movement does not depend upon psychological time nor on what others have poured into one. Perceiving beyond lines of demarcation, beyond circumscribed parameters of thought, beyond constrained methodology, beyond the norm, takes great care and intelligence. Yet so many remain in ruts and everlastingly function in (and from) such limitation. Many will easily claim that they are not in a rut (as they robotically keep digging).
Profound insight, deep intelligence, holistic perception, and real compassion occur when the mind is beyond what a stale, rotten society has dictated.
Curiosity (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018
Curiosity (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018