Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat

Yes, no, maybe. These are the replies most people receive when they ask a question. What happened to those in-depth lengthy answers?

Today, as a society, we are continuously condemning the curiosity that enables us to live in a world full of imagination, innovation, and exploration. In recent years, the school systems has failed on students by forcing them to memorize arbitrary facts and methods. What happened to the days when school was a just for learning? I’ve never lived in that type of education system.

I have never experienced the pure joy of learning for the purpose of learning. Instead, I “learn” (more like memorize information) for grades, ranks, and numbers– that inevitably define me.

The proverb: curiosity killed the cat, is something I have heard for a majority of my life. I am a very inquisitive person. I like to question everything around me. However, today, we have marked curiosity as a negative trait– student’s should just understand something without a real reason.

Curiosity, investigation, experimentation are all actions that promote positivity. Yes, there are dangers in the world from excess discovery, but with discovery comes solution. Solutions for problems that plague our world today.

When I was talking to people about the phrase, curiosity killed the cat, they told me that it is just expressing concern for unnecessary discovery that could engender potential harm. However, I am a firm believer in the idea that no discovery is unnecessary. Yes, some discoveries are painful, sad, and devastating, but they are necessary to elicit growth.

I am tired of society promoting a culture that believes curiosity and inquisitiveness are somehow harmful characteristics. Every bad discovery can produce a million positive discoveries.

Curiosity is able to cure the cat, but society has conditioned citizens to think otherwise.

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One thought on “Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat

  1. I think curiosity is a very useful trait when change is the only constant. All answers are not provided upfront and asking curious helps in understanding the lay of the land. Curiosity killed the cat does not work in today’s environment. Like your post Hira!


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