During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Curiosity, using the old story of Isaac Newton observing the fall of an apple from a tree, and asking himself why the apple fell. Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:
“Curiosity. Millions of people saw the apple fall, but Newton asked “Why?” — Bernard Baruch (financial expert, Presidential Advisor, “Lone Wolf of Wall Street”)
Curiosity: having a strong desire to know or learn about a person, thing, or experience.
Being curious means asking questions, engaging in experimentation, and learning from all of life’s trials and errors. Isaac Newton is a good example of curiosity. The story is that Newton was a young man home on vacation from college, with nothing much to do. He was outside in the family garden, sitting under an apple tree, when he saw an apple drop from one of the branches and fall to the ground. The apples were ripe and ready to pick, so that this was something that happened all the time. It wasn’t anything unusual. Newton saw this happen, and asked himself the question: “Why does the apple fall?” He spent the next 20 years in trying to answer that question. In the process, he developed the first set of ideas and principles for understanding how gravity works.
- In your karate lessons, do you ever have questions about the name of a technique, or about how you do it?
- Do you ever have questions about what a technique does — how you would use it in self-defense?
- Do you think that asking these kinds of questions — curiosity — is important to understanding karate?
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