The most essential tool in life is learning. Whether we learn through experience or observance, we tend to gradually progress in ways that are conducive to our own independence. Inquisitiveness provides us with a greater understanding of the world and betterment of ourselves as individuals. Setting goals and assimilating as much as you can from this life before your expiration date arrives seems, to me, imperative. Life without curiosity is analogous to a hollow glass for which it is impossible to discern whether it’s half-empty or half-full. The greatest thinkers in our history have had multiple “Eureka” moments as a result of the simple process of being unrelenting in discovering what they wanted to know. Whether you’re a bookish bibliophile or a multifaceted polymath, curiosity is the impetus for your cerebral advancement. This insatiable passion for information doesn’t kill you; it merely uplifts you and expands all the vacant areas within your brain.
The origins of the phrase “Curiosity killed the cat” stem from ambiguous sources in the early 1900s. It essentially means that, the more you inquire about something, the higher the chance you will place yourself into a dangerous situation. Of course, that may be true for snooping feral cats and fainthearted people in horror movies; but, in an objective sense, curiosity delivers a multitude of learning opportunities that ultimately engender success and self-gratification. Thoughtfulness develops in children at a young age, which is why they are so meddlesome. In order to encourage their curiosity, we must let children explore the unknown in a healthy, investigative manner. Choosing to be rigid in your thinking will not develop your intellectual abilities; eagerly questioning the world is the panacea for a benighted mind. Constantly embracing new things and practicing new crafts can be beneficial for not only the brain, but also for the all-around health and well-being of your body.
Becoming an ignorant Scrooge who is so dogmatic about what you believe or stand for leads you to a mental impasse. In today’s society, ignorance is not bliss, mainly because all of the available information we’ve ever gleaned is readily accessible for anyone to delve into. The Internet has provided many avenues of exploration that are free to examine. You literally have to choose to be unintelligent, nowadays. Not learning is a choice rather than the unattainable luxury that it once was a mere 50 years ago. The advent of the technology age has put everyone on an even playing field.
The best analogy I can provide for the argument in favor of curiosity I have just presented is this: Imagine two athletes who are similar in talent. One is naturally more gifted than the other just from hitting the genetic Lotto, but the other, who is devoid of such natural attributes, has a stronger knack for training and improvement. The latter person, who augments his skill via desire to become greater, is no different from the person who is intellectually handicapped, compared to his peers, who wants to gain a stronger understanding of what’s going on in his or her world. That said, being immersed in curiosity gives you a head start over your peers because you won’t settle, in your ambitious, overzealous hunger for higher learning, for mediocrity. Going the extra mile can be stimulating—it motivates people to stretch their potential thinking ability and to exhibit innovation in the way that Steve Jobs or Isaac Newton would have.
In every area of life, we can see that the most prominent people never take a day off and never lose sight of how short our lives really are. This realization elicits an appetite for wonder and awe; to find interest in things that are valuable and pertinent to your life will lead you to absolutely enjoy your existence. Relishing all that life has to offer and ascertaining how things work, why things grow, why we get stressed, why we feel pain, and how we evolved can all induce a sudden feeling of satisfaction. Just look at the stars: you’ll suddenly be overwhelmed with questions; and that, my friend, is the beginning of your journey to enlightenment.