When I look back on history I always find two themes as motivating drives that push our world forward. I can also look at a lot of mistakes in the world and attribute those themes to those examples. This is why I believe our world is a world of wonder and experimentation.
No matter when or where you look in this world’s history of civilizations there has always been advancements of technology. I credit the human’s natural thirst for knowledge or wonder to all of those advancements. For example someone probably wondered about how to make a stronger metal and out of that came steel. This fits into my belief of the world naturally being curious. In fact people in professions such as scientists and philosophers, just for two examples, are forced into following both the experimentation and curiosity part of life. Most people would say they wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t.
Experimentation would be the process in between the wonder and the advancement of the community. There has to be work done in between those last two stages. This is experimenting, sometimes it doesn’t work and sometimes you find something you weren’t looking for. And you might not even need to wonder, or have the curiosity, to discover something and make that advancement.
I feel that life is also not fully completed until you are able to add something that improves not only your own lives quality but the quality of life around you. This goes parallel with a world of world of wonder and experimentation because it is both the cause and reason for making the world a better place. I know that even the every day, small things that I do in life are helping my community. But on a even higher level if I was to go out of my way to try and fix something that is a issue to everyone around me then that would be fulfilling, what is basically, my life goal.
Our world is full of things to wonder about and reasons to figure out why things are the way they are. But it is also full of opportunities to not only better yourself but the community around you. And by applying curiosity and experimentation that is what will happen almost naturally. And since it is almost a given, that is why I believe the world is full of wonder and experimentation.
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