posted on Mar, 16 2010 @ 08:04 PM
Excellent question, TL.
One of my earliest memories is being taken back home by a neighbor who found me in the middle of a field with my lil' flashlight at 2:00ish a.m. He
was very ticked off at my parents. Apparently, I was turning over rocks and looking at what was underneath. I was 5 years old. My parents
didn't know I'd slipped out of the house, and I don't recall what motivated me to do such a thing. My Mom said that I told her "I already
looked at the day bugs. I wanted to see the night bugs."
In first grade, I proclaimed that I would be an astronaut when I grew up. Missed that by several AU.
I think for me that a fascination with science led me toward thinking that was adrift of some mainstream thinking. I would guess that many of us
found safe harbor in either sciences/math or creative arts. What do the two have in common? They engage the brain toward asking questions, often
tall questions for which there are no pat answers, or worse yet, the pat answers don't seem credible.
I'd also guess that many of us tend[ed] toward defaulting to our own intuitions in the absence of credible trumping data.
We here at ATS -- and other related sites -- we feed each other; we have hungry minds that want to know things, even if those truths are
uncomfortable. I think we tend to reinforce amongst ourselves the view that things are often not as they were relayed to us, and once a person
begins to question the classical view of the world, the galaxy and its systems, we've come to realize that us human creatures are not nearly so far
from the Savannah as we are led to believe. We are higher order primates with shiny toys, and our individual knowledge parted with progressive
technology two hundred years ago or more. We've lost many of the basic skills our ancestors took for granted in favor of being able to manipulate
cutting edge technology.
Few of us could build a television, even with all the tools and materials of the trade, but it is no longer important to be able to even understand
the process. Few of us could make our own soap if necessary, and that too, is not currently necessary. Or is it?
What is necessary -- at least among ATS/BTS -- is the ability to question, to analyze, and [insert diety of choice] help us, the preservation of
wonder. Wonder, the simple thing that has made better people that me say to themselves, "what if??" May we never stop asking that question, for
the effort to answer it is the process that makes us better people.