The second reading we covered was reflecting. This entry informed us about the life of Helen Keller and her struggle to communicate before Annie Sullivan changed her life forever. For this reading I had the background of the story because I read Helen Keller’s biography in the seventh grade. The reading began making it clear that words can be considered as human technology. Therefore, language is the most useful tool among humans for all that we know. This is why the transformation of Helen Keller is so important after Annie Sullivan introduced the word water to her. It opened her up to an entire world and changed her understanding of communication. This reading can also be linked to the habit of mind curiosity because Helen Keller could never attempt to learning the language that she did without curiosity. With curiosity she accepted the word that Annie Sullivan taught her and she could not have been as successful as she was in learning without it. Helen experienced failure in her ability to communicate her whole life until that moment and she experience more and more success beyond that point.
Curiosity is important in writing because without it there is nothing to write about. There is no motivation in writing unless you are curious about a subject. If I was told to write about a battle in the civil war I could not create an interesting paper without at least a hint of curiosity in what that battle is even if I am not totally interested in the subject.