Man Law #60 – Cultivate Insatiable Curiosity!
A man’s natural instinct is to stick with what works. Instead of taking chances in life, he will easily fall into a creature of habit. It is for that reason that Man must consciously hunger for knowledge. As a vampire requires blood for survival, Man shall crave knowledge. Your value in society is your ability to look at the exact same situation as everyone else and draw a unique conclusion.
Society has done a wonderful job of dulling and numbing your senses. It’s goal is to make you forget your basic nature of survival and make you dependent on manufactured goods. A man who has forgotten how to ask questions, is a man who is easily controlled.
Ultimately your ability to differentiate yourself from your brother and sister will be that which will attract those around you. You can grow this distinctive quality by thirsting for knowledge that you naturally find interesting. If your interest is in music and the arts, feverishly seek every avenue which will help you learn them to mastery. If your interest is in math and physics, attend every lecture and study every book at your disposal. Attend classes, read everything on the subject you can get your hands on, talk to masters in the field, your sincerity in learning will remind those who you consult for advice why they love what they are doing…
Man’s best friend is the perfect example of how your thirst for knowledge should look like…When on a leash, you should strain to break free, strain to get out there and just…go. Every walk, an adventure; Every leaf, a mystery; Every season, a gift. Struggle to creatively look at normally “mundane” situations in a creative new light. Your ability to do this will prove fascinating to those around you…
There is a reason why after thousands of years of evolution, you have the ability to remain curious. Nature abhors excess and will do away with that which is unnecessary. We would not have this “curious” sense, if it had not proven integral to our survival.
One powerful exercise that I saw in a book designed to help grow your cognitive abilities, suggest to formulate 100 questions in a single session. It’s important to go all the way up to 100 because you’ll find that you will come to rough patches and start draw blanks. When you do so, do not give up and embrace this feeling. Challenge yourself. Seek to become one with it and move through it. Do not give up. Push through it.
The questions can range in every shape and size; from “What is the color red?” to “What is the meaning of life?” to “Why does man walk upright”; From “Why did my girlfriend in 7th grade dump me” to “Why is she contacting me now and sending me pictures of her baby?”. It’s important to understand you are not seeking the answers in this exercise. It’s the QUESTION that is most important. Cultivate an insatiable, unsatisfiable, thirst for knowledge.