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The Wonder Club

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Today, schools are over-saturated with clubs and courses that primarily fall into one of two categories: academics and athletics. Most of these clubs require the student to devote considerable time and energy, resulting, mostly, in the student gradually losing interest. As a result, he or she will view it as yet another chore that, along with the burden of schoolwork, is required to improve his or her college application.

Such overwork is likely to cause the student to have a bleak outlook on a life of monotonous and grueling work.

Each high school student needs to reawaken the inner child lying within his or her soul. As children, the world is an artwork of possibilities and wonder. However, as time takes its toll on us, the same piece of art becomes monochromatic and dull.

It is not the painting that is changed; it is our eyes.

We grow to ignore the privileges of living and concentrate on its often-times exhausting responsibilities. As a result, students in the prime of their youth become little more than corporate drones, treating the marvels of life with the same monotonous reactions. Is this really how tomorrow’s leaders are to be nurtured?

Think of the future of the STEM fields. There was once a time when Science was an enterprise that sought out Universal Truth and Beauty, to truly ponder what it means to be human in this vast universe we find ourselves in. The explorers of human nature were lauded for both their achievements and, for the most part, their intentions.

Fast forward to today, and the driver of researchers is to publish in better journals, receive more in funding, etc.

Of course, that is not to say that all academics of the previous era had angelic intentions, nor is it that today’s scholars are devoid of a true respect for the world they find themselves in. There were, and are, the good and the bad. However, it seems that for a growing segment, the ability to truly wonder is a lost characteristic, a tragic consequence to the search for knowledge.

Yet, do you blame them? Was it not society that has balked at spreading the virtues of introspection? Perhaps, all this could have been avoided had we noticed that there was something wrong with the assembly line that is our high school system. If we manage to add another point during the process, one that would fix the damaged capacity to wonder. Then, perhaps, we can raise a new generation of thinkers in the age of robots.

In light of this, the need to wonder is not a luxury, but a necessity. One of the best methods of reviving it is by integrating it into their daily lives through a club. There would be no requirements or assignments, only the expectation of spending that hour in introspection and finding beauty in the ordinary. Meetings will consist of merely looking out the window at a bird flapping its wings, a snail crawling the window pane, or any of the countless ordinary things belying beauty. Not only will this provide an oasis of relaxation, but it will also improve the students’ overall morale, benefiting their well-being by returning the lost colors.

Emotions come in a spectrum of colors, but awe might be the most wondrous of them all.

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