Curiosity


Curiosity is an attitude which we can develop out of our inquisitive mind. Most of the time schooling have the power of destroying this attitute in students at large. As we know, children are born with it, but as time passes, it seems, it get eroded some how. Some see it as an important trait of a genius. I don’t think you can find an intellectual giant who was not a deep curious person. For instance, Thomas Alva Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Charles Darwin, Leonhard Euler, Jakob Bronowski, Isaac Newton, Karl Friedrich Gauss, Alessandro Volta, James Clerck Maxwell, Edwin Hubble, Madame Curie, Lisa Meitner, Hypatia, Alexander von Humboldt, Erathostenes, Dionysius of Thrace, Archimides, Joseph Fourier, Apollonius of Perga, Christiaan Huygens, Gottfried Wilhem Leibiniz, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, among others, they were all very curious characters. Richard Feynman and Erathostenes were especially known for their adventures which came from their curiosity.

But, tell me, how do you think curiosity so important in real life? Do you? Here, thenceforth, I dare to present four basic reasons to believe how curiosity enriches your mental life and enhances your way of life:

  1. It makes your mind become even more active instead of being so passive
    Curious people always ask questions and search for answers in their minds. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger.
  2. It makes your mind to be so observant of new ideas popping up all around you
    When you are curious about something, your mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to it. When the ideas come they will soon be recognized. Without curiosity, the ideas may pass right in front of you and yet you miss them because your mind is not prepared to recognize them. Just think, how many great ideas may have lost due to lack of curiosity?
  3. It opens up new worlds and possibilities that can transform your very life
    By being curious you will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible. They are hidden behind the surface of normal life, and it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface and discover these new worlds and possibilities.
  4. It brings excitement, joy and pleasure into your life
    The life of curious people is far from boring. It’s neither dull nor routine. There are always new things that attract their attention, there are always new ‘toys’ to play with. Instead of being bored, curious people have an adventurous life.

Knowing the importance of curiosity, I now try to give you some tips or hints of how to develop it:

1. Try always to keep an open mind

Be open to learn, unlearn, and relearn. Some things you know and believe might be wrong, and you should be prepared to accept this possibility and change your mind.

This is essential if you are to have a curious mind. Be open to learn, unlearn, and relearn. Some things you know and believe might be wrong, and you should be prepared to accept this possibility and change your mind.

2. One advice that I presume is so important is not take things as granted, never

If you just accept the world as it is without trying to dig deeper, you will certainly lose the ‘holy curiosity’. Never take things as granted. Try to dig deeper beneath the surface of what is around you.

3. Try to ask questions relentlessly, always poring over the venue of your questioning and the direction it may get

A sure way to dig deeper beneath the surface of reality is to keep the healthy attitude of asking questions: What is that? Why is it made that way? When was it made? Who invented it? Where does it come from? How does it work? What, why, when, who, where, and how are the best friends of curious people.

4. Talking about curiosity, never label something as boring

Whenever you label something as boring, you close one more door of possibilities. Curious people are unlikely to call something as boring. Instead, they always see it as a door to an exciting new world. Even if they don’t yet have time to explore it, they will leave the door open to be visited another time.

5. Be adventurous and regard always learning as something fun

If you see learning as a burden, there’s no way you will want to dig deeper into anything. That will just make the burden heavier. But if you think of learning as something fun, you will naturally want to dig deeper. So look at life through the glasses of fun and excitement and enjoy the learning process..

6. Be so open and try to read diverse kinds of reading in your world (in other words, be broadening)

Don’t spend too much time on just one world; take a look at another worlds. It will introduce you to the possibilities and excitement of the other worlds which may spark your interest to explore them further. One easy way to do this is through reading diverse kinds of reading. Try to pick a book or magazine on a new subject and let it feed your mind with the excitement of a new world.

Answers


It seems to me that all of us live in a world where everything resembles endlessly hungry for answers. If these answers are quick, easy to understand, appeal to the senses, unambiguous, defnitive, once-and-for-all, simple answers, the much better. We’ve been educated to love to be told what to do, how to solve our problems, how to live our lives to best effect (in the Polyanna’s world!). And this very attitude is picture even better in our place of work, bosses grind out the old chestnut, “Don’ bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Politicians running for office are expected to come up with the asnwers to the nation’s greatest difficulties, long before they ever get to the elected positon that would allow them to see any of the available, detailed information. In our personal lives as well, we want nice, simple recipes for coping, Hence the huge populartity of articles with titles like, “Five simple ways to…” or “How to deal with… once and for all.” But what if I suggested that answers aren’t all they’re expected to be; and that what you need most of all are more questions, even if you have no the foggiest idea of how to answer them.

As you can realize, answers prove too easily to be wrong

The main problem with answers is that they are quite often wrong: anywhere from totally, hopelessly wrong to just far enough off the right track to produce unexpected future problems. Questions are rarely wrong enough to be useless. Even the wrong questions can lead to unexpected but useful insights. The right question is worth much more than the right answer, since nearly every answer applies only in certain given circumstances, whereas a good question is a good question almost anywhere. Science used to be based rigorously on questions, not answers. Every ‘answer’ was judged to be no more than provisional—a theory only—waiting to be disproved by someone with better techniques, more data or greater insight. No area of scientific knowledge was out-of-bounds to questioners; however firmly, or for however long, its theories had been accepted. Sir Isaac Newton supplied the final answer to how the universe worked, until new techniques came along, Einstein arrived, and more than two centuries of scientific ‘knowledge’ was overturned. Now science too is pushed, pressurized and exhorted to produce definite answers, so that the conclusions of research are instantly announced as fact by the media—only to be overturned later by new ‘facts’.

Another thing about answers is that they represent dead ends

The more definitive and widely accepted the ‘answer’, the more it prevents people from seeing how it will turn out to be wrong. Once you think you know, for a fact, that things work in a particular way—or the answer to problem ‘a’ is always technique ‘b’—there’s no need to explore any further. Of course, over time, the world changes, but almost nobody looks to see if that affects what they already know for sure—until the unthinkable happens and our nice, simple answers stop working. Like the world of business and finance which is especially prone to relying on widely accepted ‘right’ answers—till they aren’t answers any more. Only then do people run around in a panic trying to find some other way. And when they find one, what do they do? You’ve got it. They quickly stop looking further. Having so many problems to deal with, they gratefully shelve that one as ’solved’ and forget about it.

And, unfortunately, answers seem to kill creativity and sound reasoning

Creativity is only needed when we don’t know the best way to do something — or suspect the accepted answer isn’t as good as everyone else seems to think. If we truly believe that there is one, right answer to a problem and we already know what it is, what is there to be creative about? Questions, of course, are exactly the opposite. They are the life-blood of all creativity. One of the main differences between naturally creative people and the rest is that the creative types are never satisfied with whatever answers they have. They distrust them on principle. Give them an answer and they get cranky and try to prove it isn’t an answer at all. Give them a question, and they’re as happy as a child playing in a sand pit. First they create this answer, only to trample it down and use the ’sand’ to build another one. What annoys ‘practical’ people about creative types is that they never stop asking questions. What drives creative people wild about ‘practical’ types is that they rarely start.

Thus, my advice is not to build our lives around of what we think we already know. Easy street is always a dead end

What takes this topic out of the realm of philosophy and into everyday life is the understanding that any life built around a set of supposedly firm, known answers is like a huge tree in the path of a hurricane. It looks wonderfully solid and unshakeable, but when the winds get wild enough, they are going to snap it into matchwood. With no capacity to bend or change under the onslaught, it either survives until the next attack — perhaps badly damaged — or is destroyed. All it can do is resist and hope for the best. People who know the answers in advance—or believe they do—suffer the same fate. They resist or ignore changing circumstances until something comes along that is stronger than they are. Then their carefully constructed, stable lives are ripped up and ruined. With no other options, and little practice in finding any, they are often damaged beyond repair. In contrast, the small bushes and saplings bend and twist. Some are uprooted and some are damaged, but most make it through, despite being far, far weaker than the great tree now lying dead and in ruins. Buildings designed to flex can survive earthquakes. Rigid ones collapse.

One can say that life is better built absolutely around questions

When we build our lives and careers around questions, we’re always looking to see how we can find better ways of dealing with whatever events throw at us. Since we don’t assume that attitude in which we supposedly know about all the answers, then we keep exploring—often finding along the way all kinds of unexpected and wonderful treasures we didn’t know were there. Change is easy and natural. If parts of our lives get blown apart, our creativity can quickly get to work to make good the damage. Even in bad times, we probably won’t just survive; we’ll find life’s storms have opened up pathways that weren’t open to us before.