Welcome to The Daily Kind, where we help you stay inspired to raise humans ready for anything.
I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's March 10th, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.
When we talk about the truth, it can help to remember that we don't have all of the facts about everything and more mysteries remain to be discovered than all the knowledge we currently have access to. And there will be times when you are raising a human and they ask a question for which there is no answer, and when they do, truth is still the soil. Even when all you can say is, I wonder about that too.
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”― Rachel Carson
SOUND OF THE DEEP OCEAN
That's the sound of the ocean, and there are numbers thrown around all the time about just how much of the ocean is still unexplored and unexplained. Even with the current decimation of many of our coral reef systems, there are still numbers as high as 1/3 of all ocean species are undiscovered.
But the truth is we don't actually know how many species there are in the first place, so it's hard to get accurate numbers. It's something like trying to count each grain of sand on a single beach, and then realizing that there are other beaches on other shores to be counted.
And just a few short weeks ago, we heard the first ever recorded sounds from another planet in case you missed it.
Here's what it sounds like:
SOUND OF WIND ON MARS
That's the sound of wind on another planet. I am still geeking out on this. We have no idea what we're going to find the more we explore the vastness of space, maybe we'll find common sounds like the ocean we heard earlier. Maybe we'll discover something unimagined in these common hours.
I'd love to share one of my favorite passages from Cormac McCarthy's epic, and if you're thinking about reading it, extremely violent, novel Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West.
"The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.” - Cormac McCarthy
So what's the takeaway? (VO: Do you think we will be able to take away rocks from Mars?)
How can you help the humans you are raising keep their sense of wonder? The only way I know how to do this is to share your own sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around us, with them. Watch some YouTube clips together about the unexplainable, or tell them something you wish we knew more about. Even just sharing something you're learning for the first time can remind them that not everyone can know everything. It's just not possible. But what is possible is that we can continually rediscover the joy of the mystery.
I hope you find this helpful. Be sure to take care of yourself today, drink some water. And remember there is no perpetual parenting playbook. We're all learning as we go. And with curiosity as our map and our sense of wonder unbroken, we can be ready for anything.
So good luck. You've got this. I'm rooting for you.