I resonate deeply with these words I am excerpting from a longer post by New Testament Scholar Bart Ehrman at his site:.
I am constantly awed by some fellow scholars, who have not just enormous range of knowledge about so many things but also an inordinate, almost insatiable curiosity.
There aren’t many people like that, but I know some. At the same time I am regularly puzzled by people who simply have no curiosity about much of anything, who have strong opinions about lots and actual knowledge about little, who just don’t have any real curiosity or drive to find answers to anything.
I’m not talking about the BIG questions of life (Why are we here? What is the purpose of it all? What should I be doing with my life? Etc. etc.) – although I do find it odd that so many people just don’t think about them. But here I’m talking about knowledge in general. . .
There’s no way I could do the average American thing of watching five hours of TV a day. Who has the time? . . .
When I was in graduate school, I had a teacher who said that she had a goal of learning something completely new every semester. I thought she was nuts. Who has the time? I’m now finding, as a sexagenarian, that one needs to make the time. At least I need to. And I’m finding it one of the most exciting things I’ve done in memory. . . .