It Enhances Your Living
To me, curiosity is another name for positive uncertainty.
The well-known idiom, “curiosity killed the cat”, is meant to be a warning that too much interest in something can be dangerous. This blog suggests that not enough interest, curiosity, inquisitiveness can be dangerous. Curious people ask questions, inquire about things, seek solutions; they are open-minded. They are alive: having a life, living, with interest or vitality(Dictionary). Antonyms include apathy, indifferent, unconcerned, uninterested. To have apathy is to have lack of interest or concern. This is like being closed-minded: unreceptive to new ideas. Curiosity is like positive uncertainty because it keeps you open-minded, asking questions and receptive to new ideas.
Recent research* shows some benefits of curiosity. It enhances intelligence; it increases perseverance or grit. And it propels us toward deeper engagement, super performance, and more meaningful goals. The word curious means to want to know things you don’t know; to investigate. So to be curious is not a bad thing. Adults and teachers often praise children with curious minds for asking questions — sometimes a lot of questions!
To me, asking questions is the key. It is also the key virtue of uncertainty. To be curious is to seek knowledge, not to own it. Knowing can be the antitheist of learning. George Land and Beth Jarman. Curious people can be very interesting. They want to know more about the world around them. Another way of saying curious is inquisitive. The verb “inquire” means to ask one or more questions.
Questions come from open-mindedness. Curiosity enhances your living by making you more aware of your surroundings and what is going on. With a lack of curiosity you miss part of your potential life. Inquiry keeps you alive and learning. You don’t grow, clinging to the status quo. Children ask questions; adults give answers. Which is the best way to learn? Maybe being childlike should be an objective of adults.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein
*Harvard Business Review, Sept/Oct 2008. The Five Detentions Of Curiosity. Todd B. Kashdan, David J. Disabato, Fallon R. Goodman, Carl Naughton.