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Old 04-11-2017, 08:32 AM
 
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Children always ask questions and want to learn more - about life, people, buildings, music, nature, the world, stars, planets and everything else.

Adults often lose interest in all these things. They become much narrower and their conversation centers around money, work and material things. Even when adults discuss travel, they make it a competition about who's been to the most places.

Why do you think this happens? Would it be better if children never grew up?
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:21 AM
 
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Children always ask questions and want to learn more - about life, people, buildings, music, nature, the world, stars, planets and everything else.
Because their minds are more or less blank slates and they have little to no knowledge of these things.

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Adults often lose interest in all these things. They become much narrower and their conversation centers around money, work and material things. Even when adults discuss travel, they make it a competition about who's been to the most places.
I think we simply develop more focused interests as we mature, and that is fine. For example I love music and want to learn more about it everyday, but I couldn't be less interested in knowing how to knit. Some things you mention like money and work are simply a necessary part of life as an adult. I have to deal with my family's budget whether I'm interested in it or not. Since I'm forced to focus on it it leads to conversations about it.


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Why do you think this happens? Would it be better if children never grew up?
It happens because as children mature they (most) learn the border between fantasy and reality. As I mentioned they also develop more specific interests which is natural. Would it be better if we never grew up? A romantic idea but no. We need people to focus on the boring things, if they didn't we'd still be living in nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes.
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Old 04-11-2017, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Puberty happens and they transition into adults.
I became a man and set aside my childish boyish ways.
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Old 04-11-2017, 01:24 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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It happens because as children mature they (most) learn the border between fantasy and reality. As I mentioned they also develop more specific interests which is natural.
I find embarrassing when children know about many different things that adults don't know. What's worse is that so many adults don't even want to know.

Just as an example, grown people have told me that learning a musical instrument or a foreign language at their age is a waste of time. What would they rather do instead? Sit around and watch TV. It is mind-boggling (to me anyway).
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:05 PM
 
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Just as an example, grown people have told me that learning a musical instrument or a foreign language at their age is a waste of time. What would they rather do instead? Sit around and watch TV. It is mind-boggling (to me anyway).
Maybe they just aren't interesting in it or they just don't have time? I used to play musical instruments; a lot! I was in a band that played gigs. We never thought we were going to make it as musicians or anything, it was just for fun. This was in my early to mid 20's. Now that I have kids, a career, etc, I don't have nearly as much free time as I used to. Once I do have free time I'm usually too tired to pull out the guitar and I do just veg out. It's a sad reality for me!

I don't think we all lose our sense of wonder, we just don't have time to explorer things as much as we would like to.
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:17 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Not all adults lose that sense of curiosity and wonder when they grow up. They become our artists, musician, painters and writers. The rest of us just fall into a routine of mindless monotony unaware and disinterested in the beauty of life.
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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Children always ask questions and want to learn more - about life, people, buildings, music, nature, the world, stars, planets and everything else.

Adults often lose interest in all these things. They become much narrower and their conversation centers around money, work and material things. Even when adults discuss travel, they make it a competition about who's been to the most places.

Why do you think this happens? Would it be better if children never grew up?
i was never like that to begin with, i actually started getting interested about all the above when i was a teen, as a child, nothing interested me, i must be a weirdo though.

some kids grow quicker too, because of life and what happens to them, because somehow life is a b*** and so some of them will simply stop getting curious about a world that hurt them. dunno.
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Today I learned (and was tested on) following submerged divers from the surface.

I always want to learn, learn, learn!!
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:05 PM
 
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one reason is arrogant insecure pricks in life that want to ridicule any question...
or put someone down for asking..

a wise person encourages questions,,, and has humility

next time you are out with your friends...say around a table,,,
ask a simple question...whether its sports or trivia related and see who jumps down your throat,,,that.... usually is the most arrogant immature person at the table

a content and curious person will always ask questions
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Old 04-11-2017, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Not all adults lose that sense of curiosity and wonder when they grow up. They become our artists, musician, painters and writers. The rest of us just fall into a routine of mindless monotony unaware and disinterested in the beauty of life.
I don't think you need to be an artist, musician or writer to have a sense of wonder! I'm online all the time looking up answers to whatever question I have at the moment...and not just about how to fix the toilet! I have a curious mind and want to know how things work...physiology, biology, meteorology, finance, all kinds of stuff. I don't have to make a living being creative to be curious and interested in the world. I was the kid who read the encyclopedia - now I have the entire internet and it's almost too good to believe!
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