This I Believe

Dara - Lafayette, California
Entered on December 15, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in the power of the human mind, that natural curiosity governs all our actions, actions as simple as waking up in the morning to learning something new at school. I feel that the capacity of human understanding is just as infinite as is the universe itself. I remember the time when I had the opportunity to observe the night sky with strong telescopes. I recall how I waited excitedly for my turn to peep into the telescope; with eyes wide open, I started to ask myself questions—Do parallel universes exist? Why is the speed of light an ultimate limit on velocity? Look at the beauty manifest in this sight!—until my time with the telescope was up. I recall asking my parents these questions, but almost all remained unanswered. Ten years later, I get to explore the answers to these questions in science classes—why do things behave in this way and not any other? I believe in the power of questions—more specifically, the power of creativity as a result of curiosity. As Einstein once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality…. Never lose a holy curiosity.” Everyday I come home with a new piece of information for my mind to digest and everyday I hope I have come one step closer to the ultimate truth, complete understanding. Everyday, sitting in class, I am amazed to see how beautiful the powers of logic and reasoning are. Everyday I ask myself, what can I do with this new piece of information and how should I apply that. Each day, curious scientists stand hand in hand in an attempt to help improve our lives as well as the environment around us, implementing creative means. Yes, I know knowledge is vast, but I believe that with curiosity and a fertile foundation for growth, nearly everything is possible.