Out of all the possible reasons that could have killed a cat and all its remaining eight lives, I wish to strike ‘curiosity’ off the list.
Because curiosity (in moderate degrees) helps you function better and achieve success. It is the reason why we have libraries, museums, folk tales, stories and even cool gadgets. And a wireless AirPod.
Let me take you step by step through my reasoning behind why curiosity did not kill the cat.
First of all, let’s imagine what happens when we’re not curious.
1. We grow dumber
Yes. Not being curious about certain tasks given to us, and not asking the right questions at the right time is detrimental to success and self – development. Haven’t you faced a situation where you unwittingly forgot to ask for specifics when signing up for a task, and ended up doing the task unsatisfactorily? Think about it.
2. We miss opportunities
By not asking about existing opportunities, we face the risk of missing out on them. And also, there’s the added risk of not finding new ones!
A simple example: You arrive home, late from work/school/college. You are tired and sleepy. All you need is a good book to read. But you can’t find it. You search all over the place for that particular chick-lit that makes you laugh like crazy. But you still can’t find it. Your sister asks you what’s wrong, but you’re too engrossed in searching for the book.You end up getting more tired and more sleepy and thus, you have to forgo the book.
The next morning, you find the book in the exact same place you had left it two weeks ago: on the bedside table in your sister’s room.
This example is simple and trivial. But when applied to riskier and more rewarding situations, it makes the value of curiosity rise many fold.
3. We misinterpret/misinform
‘Empty vessels make the most noise’. Isn’t this the best idiom-for-idiom counterargument ever?
Why should curiosity kill the cat, when it could have saved her from the tiger? She could have provided information about a kitten’s naming-ceremony party a few measly metres away and saved her own life, no? It would be possible only if she were curious enough to find out more about her feline neighbours, isn’t it? (Imaginary example alert) (Please do not try this stunt at home.)
Jokes apart, let’s understand what curiosity has gifted us:
Honestly, I never gave two hoots about why apples always fall to the ground till I heard about the Law of Gravitation. Just goes to prove that I’m not a curious person, along with the countless others who never realised or stopped to wonder about this phenomenon. And now, who’s more popular: Newton or the rest of us?
There are rules in any art form, but art is also flexible enough to allow for curiosity. Out of the countless arts practised and perfected by people all over the world, I want to write about the art that I’m currently trying to understand : the art of editing. This art tends to make a person more curious: “Why did the author wish to bring in this particular element at this exact time?” , “Is there a hidden meaning behind the character dyeing her hair blue?” , “The same plot used by other authors created lackluster novels. What sets my book apart from the pack?” , “What does it take for a book to bloom into brilliance?”
An editor or writer has to be curious about everything. The existence and survival of their literary work solely depends on it.
Answer this question honestly: Would you want to find out more about the world you live in? To be more clear: the kind of food our ancestors ate, the mouthwash they used or the types of needles they used to stitch their clothes? I’m guessing that you will say yes.
But are you willing to take the next step? Not into a museum or into a library. Into a university that provides a course on archaeology. Would you become an archaeologist just to fulfill that one wish?
You will counter this question with another: “What if I don’t like archaeology?”
My answer to you would be: replace the example of archaeology with the career you are in or pursuing.
*drumroll* Thank me for my fabulusness later.
Don’t you think that curiosity about a particular profession or lifestyle got you into a career? (Barring those unfortunate few who became doctors and engineers only because of parental pressure. I feel sorry for you peeps)
Sometimes, the only thing that gets you through the dark times is the love you have for a particular
career curiosity. It gets you through those snarling traffic jams, irritable work mates, demanding clients and irate bosses.
Don’t let anything stop you from asking a doubt, or clarifying an important point. Because…
Curiosity never killed the cat!
Inviting you to share an experience where you used curiosity as a leverage to get better at something. Also, feel free to prove that ‘curiosity indeed killed the cat’, with some examples. Comment away! 🙂