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!