Fortunately for the cat it had 9 lives. Most people have heard this common phrase. But rarely do we stop and think how negative it is. It’s a warning. See what happens when you’re too curious? Of course what is never mentioned is that same ‘curiosity’ is what lead humankind to have the ability to make the statement in the first place.
Humankind is the dominant species because of curiosity. Curiosity leads to discovery and hence learning. It is our innate curiosity that has lead to much of the technology we enjoy today. There is no such person who is highly intelligent who is not curious. Curiosity is the hallmark of intelligence. Curiosity is asking how, why, what, and whom. How does fire start, why does the bird fly? Albert Einstein’s curiosity as to how the world worked led to some of the most significant discoveries in the history of science.
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
—Albert Einstein — To Carl Seelig – March 11,1952
What a profound and humble statement. One of the greatest minds in the history of the world attributes his ‘success’ not to innate intelligence but to insatiable curiosity.
So if curiosity is arguably the most important trait of humankind’s success then why is it discouraged? Humans are naturally curious. Watch how infants interact with the world. It is an endless procession of investigation. And yet…
Curiosity also leads to discovering facts that others want hidden. Curiosity leads to asking uncomfortable questions regarding religion, government, education. Curiosity challenges the status quo. Curiosity questions the official ‘story’. Curiosity is simply dangerous to those who control us. Therefore curiosity is discouraged. Actually that is an understatement. Curiosity is systematically squashed. We can’t have the masses thinking. Fore if they do they might actually figure out they’re enslaved.
“Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves to wholly silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.” ~ John Locke
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education” ~ Albert Einstein
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” ~ Albert Einstein