Saturday, December 11, 2010

the rapturous enthusiasm of a child

Alex and a ladybug, 1992 / © I.A. Daglis  

Herodotus travels in order to satisfy a child’s question: Where do the ships on the horizon come from? And is what we see with our own eyes not the edge of the world? No. So there are still other worlds? What kind? When the child grows up, he will want to get to know them. But it would be better if he didn’t grow up completely, if he stayed always in some small measure a child. Only children pose important questions and truly want to discover things. Herodotus learns about his world with the rapturous enthusiasm of a child.

Ryszard Kapuściński [Travels with Herodotus, 2004]

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