Rev. gail LINDSAY MARRINER
UU Santa Fe Minister
“Curiouser and curiouser,” said Alice at the beginning of chapter two of Alice in Wonderland. In the preceding chapter she has fallen down a rabbit hole, shrunk to mouse size and then grown again to 9 feet tall. She takes all of these strange events more or less in stride, mumbling softly “curiouser and curiouser.” Curiosity is an adaptive attitude when you and the world around you are changing. Since we and our world are both in a state of constant transformation, curiosity seems a timely theme for this next month.
But most of us are only selectively curious about the world. There are authors I love and those that don’t interest me. There are whole areas of study and recreation that are completely outside of my sphere. I have no interest in cars or exotic vacations but I am fascinated by native plants and circus arts. There are several strategies to strengthen curiosity though. We can dive deeper into something we already enjoy. We can explore an adjacent territory; for example, if we love wild flowers we might branch out and learn about native fungi or trees. Then again, we might take a risk and try a tiny bite of something completely novel – a different culture, a different art form, a discipline we never studied in school.
I invite you to try all three strategies as we explore our theme this month: a deep dive into something you love, take a side trip into a neighboring topic, risk a tiny sip of something completely different. I’m planning a deep dive into the literature on curiosity and a side trip into pop culture. I’m taking suggestions for a sip of something completely different – let me know if you have an idea.