The human mind is an interesting place. In fact, it is the only interesting space. Everything we know, and a lot that we don’t know that we know, exists in this small, but immensely complex tangle of nerve cells called our ‘brain’, across which shimmers a constant electronic resonance more complicated than all the waves on all the oceans of the world. We have a tiny window on this amazing space through our own thoughts and in our communications with others and our sensing of the magnificence of the universe, of which we are but a tiny, some would say, insignificant speck.
But where are the other intelligent beings? Statistically they do exist out there, but statistically also, the chances of us ever meeting them is effectively zero. So Earth, with its precious cargo of life, is hugely significant in our place on an outer spiral arm of a Galaxy we call Home. Among the billions of stars with their trillions of planets, our 8 billion may be the only ones who turn their faces to the sky and wonder ‘why’?
It is this ‘Why?’ that gives me pleasure every day. The curiosity of the unfettered human mind is a breeze that permeates the air at Freerange. Every day I search for the ‘whys’, drifting from room to room, a question here, a comment there, or sitting in intense discussion for an hour or more, seeing the wonder on an 8-year-old’s face as place value starts to make sense or the energy of the gumboot dance, firing my own curiosity of history of the gold-mines.
To see Siya, Nono, Ansela and Lourina making their connections and meeting their ‘why’s is so important, for if the teachers are learning, then the children are having a rich experience.
But, what of the children? Do they know how uniquely special they are? Do they know that the most complex thinking machine in the knowable universe is theirs to nurture and develop with a thousand ‘Whys’.
Curiosity is our most important offering at Freerange. Uniquely so.
I Keep Six Honest Serving Men
I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small—
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes—
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!