T is for The Sense of Wonder

| April 15, 2014

After reading The Sense of Wonder (Carson, 1956), I am not only envious of Roger’s colorful and amazing childhood experiences with nature, but I also envy Roger’s good fortune to having a great auntie in a close companionship. Even though Carson and Roger have huge differences in both ages and experiences, they are dedicated in sharing the same love and excitement of nature as a part of their life journey in Maine.

In Carson’s eyes, nature is full of wonder, and the many miracles do not occur in the unknown places, but they exist on our side. The reason why people can’t find out the amazingness of nature is that people consider nature as just a tool due to human arrogance. Besides that, the senses of humans have closed or numbed, so their ability of sensation and awareness have degraded. Only with strong sense of wonder and sincere love to get close to nature, feel nature, and listen to the nature, we as humans are capable of appreciating the beauty of nature. Carson (1956) suggests that if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…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.  Regarding the adult companionship, how many parents or teachers allow sufficient time to experience and explore the sense of wonder with children inside or outside of the class? Does current education enhance or restrict children’s creativity?  I believe that nurturing the sense of wonder is definitely more significant than how much knowledge is learned because the sense of wonder is an intrinsic motivation of future creativity that can reform the world.