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Curioser and Curioser

By June 17, 2024Pilates In Holland

They say curiosity killed the cat. I don’t know who “they” are or what gives them the authority to say that curiosity can lead to danger or misfortune. But I’d like to posit that curiosity is not a vice but a virtue. Rather than warning someone not to ask too many questions, I’d welcome their inquiry as a means of conversation. After all, questions are a window into the questioner’s mind.

At its core, curiosity is about asking questions. It’s about challenging the status quo and refusing to accept things at face value. It’s about embracing uncertainty and being open to new possibilities. In a world that often demands certainty and predictability, curiosity reminds us of the beauty of ambiguity and the thrill of exploration.

Moreover, curiosity fosters empathy and understanding. By seeking to understand the perspectives and experiences of others, we not only expand our own horizons but also cultivate deeper connections with those around us. Curiosity bridges the gaps between cultures, ideologies, and beliefs, fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society.

Unlike diversive curiosity, which is a generative desire to explore new things, or epistemic curiosity, which is the hunger for knowledge, empathic curiosity is a deep yearning to understand other people’s thoughts and feelings (and the reasons behind them). And by honing your empathic curiosity, you can genuinely understand another person’s emotions and perspectives and build stronger bonds. -from Psychology Today

Several years ago I wrote a blog about my personal journey to understanding my child as nonbinary. It was a journey full of emotion, but also great curiosity. It’s precisely during times of uncertainty that curiosity becomes most vital. It’s what allows us to navigate the complexities of our rapidly changing world, adapting and evolving in the face of new realities.

So how can we cultivate and nurture curiosity in our lives? It starts with embracing a mindset of openness and wonder, a beginner’s mind. Instead of fearing the unknown, we can approach it with a sense of excitement and curiosity. We can ask questions, seek out new experiences, and challenge our assumptions. I recently read, “I’m trying these days to approach things about myself that seem fixed with more curiosity.”

Additionally, we can surround ourselves with diverse perspectives and ideas, engaging in conversations that challenge and inspire us. We can make time for exploration and discovery, whether it’s through travel, reading, or simply taking a walk in nature. And perhaps most importantly, we can cultivate a sense of humility, recognizing that we will never have all the answers and that there is always more to learn.

In the end, curiosity is not just a trait; it’s a way of life. It’s about embracing the wonder of the unknown and allowing it to fuel our journey of self-discovery and exploration. So let us embrace our curiosity, for it is the key that unlocks the door to a world of endless possibility. After all, do you know how that idiom actually ends? The full phrase is, “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” 


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