Curiosity – Sign of Intelligence

Posted: May 9th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Freedom Lady, Octogenarians Blog

Was it Voltaire, who grabbed the baby out of the mother’s arms and said, “Tell me everything you know?”

I’ve been trying to figure out why there is so little interest in understanding Freedom, and knowing about the history of this Nation. Why there is so little objection to the tax-supported school system. Why young children have no idea where a tomato comes from. Why they know who lives in a pineapple house in the ocean, but do not know who lives in the White House. Why a ten year old, knows how to kick a soccer or football, but has no idea how to plant and grow a seed. Why my 20-year old nephew in college called home to find out how to put a quarter in a washing machine.

My four-year old grandson, Prince William, teaches me as he learns. A few days ago it occurred to me, it is his curiosity, that’s the motivating force which expands his knowledge and enhances his intelligence.

I have written articles about him, and his little garden plot, and as it grows, tomatoes, spinach, squash, snowpeas, corn, and flowers, so does his knowledge and I too learn from him.

Neighborhood children who come to play in the back yard with him, some older, nine and eleven years old, seem to have difficulty handling a hoe, shovel, hedge trimmers, and have little interest in learning about planting seeds and growing things.

Earlier this week, I showed William how to stake the tomatoes, and remove the lower sucker shoots from the plants. Plus tying string on to the fence so the oriental snowpeas could wrap around for support. A small pot of flower seeds had popped out of the soil but not growing, so I explained they needed fertilizer for nutrients, just like we as human beings needed food for nutrients, and gave him some fertilizer to place in the pot.

Yesterday, when he came the first thing he wanted to do, was go outside and check the plants he had fertilized. He observed and remarked they had not grown any and wanted to know why. I explained it took time for the roots to absorb the fertilizer to promote growth.

It was his curiosity which impressed me and prompted me to write this article. He had previously asked why the little dianthis plants came out of the ground and we had to plant seeds for the zinnias. I explained one was an annual and one a perennial, and how that happened. Early on I had explained to him, the seeds we planted, had an innate intelligence, released in soil and water, and a squash seed makes squash and tomato seeds make tomatoes.

One might assume a four year old might not have the comprehensible level to grasp explanations about growing food and flowers, but his question about the fertilizer, a word he was unfamiliar with one day and expressed an interest and curiosity the next, informed me otherwise.

In my fenced-in back yard, he does have a basketball hoop, and hits golf balls, so he does have an interest in sports. The glaring difference between him and the other older children, is the fact they are only interested in ball playing, hitting, kicking and throwing, with no interest in anything else. No curiosity in learning about plants and where their food comes from. They just know it comes from a grocery store, or a free food bank.

As William learns and expresses his curiosity, he teaches me. And helps me understand why so few are interested in the philosophy of Freedom, the history of this nation and its foundation of Freedom and why they are so misguided and misinformed about the role of political government in relation to individual freedom and personal property Rights. There is a glaring absence of curiosity about it. Little interest in knowing about it.

Similiar to these young children who believe their food supply comes from a grocery store or free from a food bank, because no one has stimulated their curiosity and interest in knowing anything beyond that, so it goes relative to understanding Freedom, and how political governments operate. They grow up being taught in government schools, and their parents before them schooled in the same system.

Therefore, their curiosity has not been nourished, and they have no motivation to know anything beyond what they have been spoon-fed in the socialized school system. Consequently, we face a dilemma in this country, with so few understanding what caused it. Accordingly, if we do not understand the cause of a thing, it’s unlikely to come up with a rational solution.

There’s an old Southern saying: “Curiosity killed the cat.” To that I add, the absence of curiosity, in human beings, lays the ground-work for bondage. In this connection, all the upheaval over socialized health-care, invasion of illegal immigrants, loss of jobs, loss of homes, exorbitant taxation, drugs and killings in the schools, and all the other problems, can be traced back to a common cause. Not the least of which is the immorality of the school system, based upon a system of thievery. A system that indoctrinates and does not educate.

There’s a simple solution to a complex problem. Assume the responsibility of informing yourself of Truth, and educate your own children, instead of expecting others to do it and pay for it.



Comments (3)


  1. Ken Robbins says:

    I often say that my favorite quality in employees is curiousity. The employees who are passionately curious are the best problem solvers are are often the most valuable people in my company.

    I am struck by the metaphor in this article of how the author is sowing the seeds and “nourishing” the curousity about the world in her grandson by teaching him how to grow a garden.

    What a lovely lesson on parenting.


  2. Hi There,

    My eternal gratitude to you for re-printing my article on, Curiosity sign of Intelligence. As one who did not know what a, “blog” was when I began two years ago, now have almost 400 articles posted, still writing by the seat of my pants, so to speak and thrilled when I write something which generates interest in others as this one has.
    You are a prolific writer and I enjoy your articles, the ideas you express and the information you provide.

    Keep up the good work, in this war of ideas we are currently in.
    Thank you
    Anne Cleveland

  3. Aging Bull says:

    Very good article, Anne.
    I believe we are born with natural curiosity and imagination.
    When I was young I was full of both. Growing up in poverty was a challenge that spurred the mind to create, learn and survive.
    Children today are not challenged by the public school system to reason or question but to accept what they are told.
    Your involvment with your grandson in growing a garden is a wonderful endeavor that all parents should undertake.
    It teaches self-reliance and responsibility which are sorely lacking these days.

    By your grandson doing the work himself, he is gaining more knowledge than if you were to do it for him.

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