"I used to have time to think, to reflect, my mind and I. We would sit together of an evening and listen to the inner melodies of the spirit, which one hears only in leisure moments when the words of some loved poet touch a deep, sweet chord in the soul that until then had been silent. But in college there is no time to commune with one’s thoughts. One goes to college to learn, it seems, not to think. When one enters the portals of learning, one leaves the dearest pleasures—solitude, books and imagination—outside with the whistling pines."
(Helen Keller, on the disadvantages of college.)
Helen is communicating precisely the fascinating and disheartening reality that adulthood often brings with it a dullness the child’s mind can never fathom. When we cease to think and create and invent - all common in the child’s world - and instead only engage in imitating and mimicking and curating, we close a tiny door that prevents wonder from running freely through the halls of our minds.
Someone once said
When we cease to wonder, we cease to worship.
So let us think well and deeply and child-like, not simply for the sake of learning, but for the sake of glorying in the Maker of knowledge and the Giver of wisdom.
Excerpt from The Story of My Life