The Importance of Curiosity

General Interest, Opinion, TEDx — By on February 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

By Jennifer Suzanne Satish, 28th February 2013

Curiosity (from Latin curiosus “careful,diligent curious) is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such exploration, investigation, and learning. As this emotion represents a thirst for knowledge, curiosity is a major driving force behind scientific research and other disciplines of human study.’

As a bunch of us eagerly gathered on a Wednesday afternoon to watch the live streaming of the TED2013 global conference, half tired and half longing to hear what these brilliant minds have to share, I scanned the room and mentally registered the various kinds of students present, all of us with varying interests ranfging from science to literature to economics, but bound together by our common curiosity. Curious to know what was out there, different perspectives, different minds, different reasons and stories, cultures, ideas and just knowledge.

 As each speaker would finish their talks went by we sat there in awe, clapping as loud as we could, knowing they couldn’t hear us but hoping that somehow, they’d magically know how much we appreciate them.

It’s an emotion so overwhelming, motivating and wild that  it requires the utmost care and attention. You don’t want to find yourself stalking Facebook profiles all day. This very emotion can either build or break you- so be intelligent and passionate about your desire for lore .But be curious. There are some things that you will probably never learn at school or university but in some strange scenario if a question dawns upon you don’t let go. Ask. Seek. Google. Being alive in this age of humanity is quite a privilege, there’s just so much out there to be informed about and so many ways to acquire it.

So if it means you ought to go out of way sometimes, so be it. You could join a club, meet some friends and just talk about things you find fascinating, doodle, take pictures, do an online course, learn an instrument  a language, words, watch TED, read blogs, books, write. Write what you feel, what you think, opinions, ideas, anything. Share something wild in a conversation – did you know, for example, that the word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want?  Whatever you do, wherever you go don’t let this emotion die out. You’ll come across situations in life where you just want to stop learning the boring, generic stuff and just give up but we’ve got to learn to trigger that rush of curiosity in ourselves. Always keeps that yearning for knowledge alive in you, it’s what leads us to new paths and journeys and it’s what keeps us going most of the time.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

– Albert Einstein




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