Every child wants to understand the world. Do their experiments than adults (boringly) constantly call shenanigans. To put the hand in the fire; to throw the cat to the pond to see if it swims; to jump off the roof... They also play to be someone else and experiment the world being someone else: a pirate, a doctor, a superhero, maybe a chemist (J), or a super-explorer who goes into the depths of the jungle that is usually the vacant lot across the street.
Every child seeks and finds. Imitate what adults do and invent situations. And every child tells itself a narrative about the world that includes many stories. There are epic, fantastic, technological (when I built a centrifuge), sad, contradictory, functional (when I did to operate the centrifuge J), and many other useless (why the hell I wanted the centrifuge L?).
But within each society, there are also other kinds of children who are still children for long: the scientists and artists. A number of them are doing their pranks happily sponsored by Universities, Research centers or Industry, while others continue painting in the walls or playing with play-dough, or writing stories such as those they imagined when they was children. Their stories are sometimes epic, the classmate who taught Hawaiian dance and became one of the most famous mexican writers, or the young man that dared to study chemistry and because of this he had the opportunity to represent his country in an international forum on the role of chemistry in the development of the planet from here to 2050. Sometimes fantastic, as the tales of Alejandro Dolina or the plants that glow because they put a gene from fireflies. Sometimes contradictory: some are in favor of the "green revolution" and others are against; a group of artists discuss the neo-expressionism. Sometimes these are as functional as the LHC, or the murals of Diego Rivera. And yes, sometimes they are useless: why spend so many years studying the reproduction of guppies (Poecilia reticulata)? Or for what serve the inverted cone so ugly they put in the street in front of the general direction of the IPN?
However, the uselessness doesn't matter compared to the many reflections and smiles that cause us with this new world that we give us with each work.
No doubt, a world without children would be extremely boring!
♫ We are the world, we’re the children… J