This I Believe

Paul - Phoenix, Arizona
Entered on May 17, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Since we were born, the way we have chosen to live our lives has been driven by curiosity. The people we hang out with, the religions we believe in, and even the places we travel to all lead back to the curiosity of mankind. We’re born with it. As an infant everything we could get our little hands on would somehow wind up in our mouths. And as we grow older and search for answers to why we are here, it leads us to our beliefs in God and the thought of a greater being. From day one curiosity has been a tool that has helped us shape ourselves as individuals.

The incomprehensible number of different cultures and people in the world directs the trips we endure out of sheer curiosity. We like to see how other people live their lives and take part in their unique traditions. We take pleasure in seeing how native peoples can survive in extreme environments and still live prosperous lives. Curiosity urges our desire for knowledge of the unknown.

Even for questions that are undeterminable, like how did we get here, we still yearn for an answer. Curiosity leads us to believe in Gods and greater beings for things we still cannot have physically proven to us. We can’t possibly be shown how man began his journey on earth or why we are here so we in turn believe in something that cannot be physically proven wrong either. It’s in human nature to aspire a plausible solution to everything.

Throughout our lives we will meet innumerable amounts of people. Some will become friends and others will become enemies. We will meet people in very diverse places throughout the world until we die. Without curiosity to take us to those places we would never have some of the devoted friendships that we have today.

Curiosity is the desire for one to know or learn. It takes us to places we never would have imagined and allows us to look into the lives of others. It is the constant craving for answers that eventually steers our lives in our own individual directions.