Curiosity is natural and the source of your joy and vibrancy in life, but it is in your best interest to claim it for yourself. Direct it for yourself so it serves your best interests, otherwise others will direct it for you. So for all you curious cats, don’t get confused. It isn’t your curiosity that will hurt you. It’s your care/worry/doubt. Ennui kills.
The one way to truly eternal life, that I’m aware of, is to be enraptured by the universe. No fixed thing, but the whole universe as a process. Even if it isn’t literally eternal life, it can feel like it, and isn’t that all that matters?
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” Voltaire (French Philosopher and Writer. One of the greatest of all French authors, 1694-1778)
“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 (German born American Physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. 1879-1955)
Curiosity seems like something everyone understands, yes? Yes, wanting to know stuff. Seems like it. Exploration. It has greater depth and breadth than people usually consider, and is perhaps even more primal than intellectual motivation. We don’t just want to know new things. We are driven to see, hear, and experience new things. This drive is so strong it transcends even the pleasure principle. We are often willing to endure discomfort and even sometimes strong distress to satisfy our curiosity. This would not seem practical, if it were only an intellectual motivation. I give value to discretion. Ah, well, one… Seek More
We all have our own reality shaped by our current and past experiences. My perception is as real to me as another’s is to them. This is true, but can you say you are fully engaged in your personal perception? If so, can you share what that is like? Wow. I do not think I can say that. There is a lot that goes into the “aberrant psychology” classification, like autism say, but I offer that the normative baseline that supposedly allows for mental health practices is a half truth at best. I can say that I fully engage in… Seek More
What is the consequence of refusing curiosity? Has anyone had a positive experience because they refused to give place to curiosity? Compulsion is not related to curiosity, and people very often have negative consequences when locked into compulsive behaviour. I don’t think I have the ability to not give in to my need to explore. Signs that say no trespassing make me want to totally trespass, just because I want to see what they are hiding. Yes, and it isn’t just contrariness that makes us want to investigate a no trespassing sign. It’s that we know that a human being… Seek More
The topic is curiosity, and you were all curious. But what does it mean to be curious? Thoughts? Wanting to know more? It has its roots in desire, yes. Is anyone not curious? No, and I’d say I’m happy when curious. I’d be very curious about someone who isn’t curious. Is there really any time in ones life, as long as you’re still willing to be alive, when you aren’t curious? When are you not curious? When I thought I knew everything. Oh, indeed. That is a horrible state to think you know everything, and it’s actually more common than… Seek More
My mind feels alive when I am curious, seeking and exploring ideas. Yet I have been warned that my intellectual curiosity may get me in trouble. I would warn against believing that warning. In the case of ones marked curiosity, I have never met a really curious person who isn’t also a good listener, and I never met a person who was skilful or well prepared and not also a good listener. There is that old misquote that has become a societal meme. People say that curiosity killed the cat, but that was actually mistakenly concluded from an observation of… Seek More
As a young boy I was very quiet, but when I became a teen I reversed that and became very vocal and encountered disagreement at every turn from my family, from my friends. Everyone just thought me a fool. But for the life of me neither could I agree with them, though it would have been much easier. Because of a combination of my personal experiences and my driving curiosity, I even departed from the religion of my family. This was met with out and out hostility, but I didn’t do it to spite them. It had nothing to do… Seek More