Ten years into his practice, thirty years ago, Dr. Gottlieb was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. It has given him a unique perspective on life and what it means to be human.
He currently posts to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation forum. (He uses voice recognition software that converts speech to text.)
Here's something he wrote a few days ago on a thread about curiosity:
"I have a new person living at my house who has become my teacher. His name is Jake and he is 18 months old and he is curious about everything. Every second of every day he is awake he is curious. Of course it's not Jake, all small children are curious. The brain is naturally curious and once more information.
So what happens to us that curiosity has become so elusive. And that curiosity is often completely absent when we are in the presence of one of the most interesting, complicated, beautiful and unpredictable things on this earth -- a human.
It happened because we think we know. We think we know what the other person wants, thinks, and is going to say next. We think we know their motives and their agendas. What if we were wrong about everything we assume?
When we have these belief systems, we stop learning. Troubles me about all of these biased news stations on either side of the political spectrum. So that people can surround themselves with people who think like they do. That kills curiosity.
As soon as we think we know something -- almost anything, curiosity begins to wither.
The less we know the more curious we become.
As a matter of fact, I was going to change the title after my name on my business card. Instead of Daniel Gottlieb PhD I wanted to write Daniel Gottlieb DNS (don't know s**t)."