Remember when you were small and every other word out of your mouth was ‘why’? If you think about it, you were not trying to be annoying. You just wanted to learn. Where does that inquisitive nature go when we grow into adults? Do we suddenly understand everything about life and know all the answers?
Fear of Appearing Stupid
Some people are afraid of appearing stupid if they do not have as much knowledge as the next person. Fear of appearing stupid is a trait that follows many around until the day that they die. It can also add undue stress from trying to stay involved in a conversation that they know little about or avoiding questions that are over their head.
Inability to be Criticized
Being criticized for asking why often keeps people from learning certain answers. For example, you may ask why Asians use chopsticks instead of silverware. Suddenly, someone criticizes you for asking a dumb question that merits no answer. It still might be worth learning, to quell a curiosity if nothing else.
How many people walk around with the wrong answers just because they believe what they are told? It all comes down to conquering your internal fears, standing up to criticism and refusing to accept what may not seem correct. Remember when everyone thought the world was flat? Or when Decca records turned down the Beatles, claiming guitar groups were becoming a thing of the past?
Questioning the world and searching for the answers will help to improve your ability to keep your mind fresh and alive. You will also find that conquering your fears will give you much more confidence. Just because we grow old does not mean that we have all the answers. Keep them questions pumping and before long you will find that there is a wonderful creative instinct buried in that brain, just like a youngster.