Self-determination theory, which begins with the concept of human beings as active and agentic, addresses this very issue. Humans engage their surround-
ings in an attempt to master them, pursue the things they love, and persist in goal-directed behavior. Think of the curiosity of infants in observing what is around them, first with their eyes, then their hands and mouths. We do not have to teach children to be active and curious. It is their nature.