Curiosity never killed the cat!

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.

Why?

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.

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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.)

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Jokes apart, let’s understand what curiosity has gifted us:

1. Science

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?

2. Art

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.

3. Career

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.

 

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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! πŸ™‚

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Shalzzz says:

    That scenario where you find the book at your sister’s bedside table! Happens to me all the time just because I cannot bring myself to open my mouth and ask! Fab post, Mithila πŸ™‚

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  2. So true Agree with your points on curiosity never killed the cat. Lovely post !!!

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    1. Thank you Vasantha πŸ˜€

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  3. aseemrastogi2 says:

    That’s an interesting post and I quite liked the way you linked the phrase ‘Curiosity killed a cat’ to being curious in general. We all need to be curious, inquisitive and ask the right questions at some level or the other else there’s so much to lose.

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    1. Yes, being curious doesn’t only limit itself to gossiping and asking weird questions. It means being curious about each and every thing possible!

      Thank you Aseem πŸ˜€

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  4. BellyBytes says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more!Imagine if Newton wasn’t curious about the Apple falling on his head? Or if Christopher Columbus wasn’t curious about going round the world ? The possibilities are endless and the cat who followed her curiousity may have found her rat!

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  5. kalaravi16 says:

    You know Mithila, being curious about matters and persons is an important feature that enables humans be social beings. Curiousity=Empathy and lack of curiousity=Apathy. If we lose curiousity in matters it is an indication something is wrong somewhere. Loved this unique post!

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    1. True! Lack of curiosity could indicate so many things, and each of them must be sorted out as soon as possible.

      Yes, social life is largely driven by the force of curiosity. Stony glares and sealed mouths would dampen any party, no?

      Thank you Kala πŸ˜€β€

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  6. Dashy says:

    Loved your title itself Mithila. Indeed, it is curiosity that develops into passion which in turn gives a meaning to our lives. Curiosity takes us places we wouldn’t have reached otherwise. Totally agree with you. πŸ™‚

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    1. Fun fact: the title was earlier ‘Curiosity did not kill the cat’. But it just doesn’t pack a punch, no? 😁

      Passion and career is totally influenced by being curious. We may not find the job we love, because we weren’t curious enough to find out about it!

      Thank you Dashy πŸ˜€

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  7. Me Otherwise says:

    Ah curiosity.. the word itself seems to have transformed to give out different results over the years. For example as a young child, curious enough, I would sit by my grandfathers side, asking him questions one after another. I expanded my horizon and yes got a bit wiser too;)… Cut to 2016, my little ones the other day happened to have a discussion which to them was of vital importance. I sat in the background overhearing their conversation waiting for one of them to run up to me to satisfy their curiosity. The question playing on their minds was whether leopards could swim… And vola the younger one says ,”Ok lets ask google”!!!!!!!!!

    Curiosity made us explore the science around us, and science now answers the curiosity around us!!

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    1. Google has become the uncle of curiosity. It’s become so natural for people to Google something instead of asking someone else for help. On one hand, it’s good because there’s a diverse collection of information available at the click of a button. But on the other, I personally feel that it misses that personal touch.
      What do you feel about it? If you were born in this age, would you prefer asking elders at home, or use Google? Would love to know this!

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  8. Parul Thakur says:

    Do you know children are more curious than adults? Research shows that most adults stop asking questions over a period of time. Of those who do, many ask questions to show their intellect. Now coming to curiosity, guess that idiom was coined cos asking too many questions/poking nose into other’s affairs could be bad for health πŸ˜›

    I am with you there. Ask questions cos that helps you learn πŸ™‚

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    1. Children are too curious! I can say that from my own experience, albeit shameful πŸ˜€
      It’s too sad that adults don’t stay curious as they grow older. I hope that I manage to keep my sense of curiosity intact till the end of time, or else my blog posts won’t stay as crisp and unique as the ones I write now πŸ™ˆ

      The idiom was used for the first time in 1598, but it was framed ‘care killed the cat’. Also there’s a real life incident where a cat died because she was too curious. No kidding. She was staring out of the balcony, trying to get a peek at the newcomers entering the building, when she fell off the balcony. Crazy, no?

      Glad you liked the post, Parul! Thank you πŸ˜€

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  9. Shailaja V says:

    All writers are naturally curious πŸ™‚ Have you noticed how we make the effort to observe more, put it down in words and get more out of each moment? That means we are curious and God knows I have one darn curious kid at home πŸ˜‰ It’s vastly entertaining.

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    1. We have to be, no? There are very limited number of ideas available, and almost each and every one has already been used up by writers before our time! The new ideas are merely recreations of old ones. (Read it from – ‘The Artful Edit’ by Susan Bell)

      Kids and their curiosity! It isn’t even funny when they ask questions that we would never have thought about. It’s just super hilarious πŸ˜€

      Thank you Shailaja πŸ˜€β€

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  10. inquisitivegeet says:

    I am with you on this. Curiosity is never bad. It never will be. It’s the inquisitiveness that keeps us going and find the answers for ourselves. It is the best gift we humans are blessed with! And thank you for writing such a fabulous post Mithila!

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. Not only humans, cats are also blessed with the curiosity gene πŸ˜€

      Glad you liked this post, Geetika! Cheers to you too πŸ˜€πŸ»

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  11. Alok Singhal says:

    I can’t contradict your reasoning 😊

    Curiosity would never let you down, if you tread with caution.

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    1. Everything exercised with caution is good for humans, isn’t it?
      Thank you Alok πŸ˜€

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  12. Sunila Vig says:

    A fabulous post all in all dear Mithila πŸ™‚ I am curious as to how this idea struck u πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hehehe! The first point actually was something I had experienced, and still experience some times. That’s how the entire post evolved!

      Thank you SunilaπŸ˜€

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  13. Arlee Bird says:

    You’re so right. Without curiosity we’d be nowhere and we wouldn’t know why we were there. Though I’m sure that curiosity has been responsible for more than a few deaths.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. That’s so true! Curiosity can be a great tool for self-development, but also self-destruction.
      Thank you Arlee for stopping by! πŸ˜€

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  14. Beat About The Book says:

    I am convinced curiosity just made the cat smarter. But it can be a pain sometimes when the kids decide to satisfy their curiosity in public like the time they wanted to check if mannequins wore undies.

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    1. OMG! πŸ™ˆ That’s super awkward and crazy πŸ˜‚

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  15. tejasvimys95 says:

    ahhh ! Interesting post again!

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  16. shalzmojo says:

    Loads of food for thought for me. I am on the fence at the moment on this for I do believe that curiousity did kill the cat πŸ˜‰

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    1. To each, his own! But I daresay it wasn’t interesting looking at the other side of the debate πŸ˜€

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