Why Curiosity Killed The Cat

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Curiosity killed the cat and out came a lion.

As a child, adults will often make one of those weird comments about how “You young whippersnappers are awfully curious”, and all we can do is giggle and smile back with our two missing front teeth. Children are commonly associated with curiosity, but every person on this planet is on their hands and knees, looking under rocks to find the truth. On one hand, our curiosity has led to countless advances in our everyday lifestyles. On the other hand, we’ve all heard that famous saying – “Curiosity killed the cat”.

Some say that curiosity can be a dangerous thing, and that those who are overly curious will meet some sort of dastardly pre-apocalyptical fate currently unseen by mankind. And to that I say *poop noise* poppycock. Sure, curiosity can be a dangerous thing, but we know that history repeats itself and history had shown us that the reward far outweighs the risks. When we wonder and explore, we are opening the doors of endless possibilities we never knew existed. Don’t believe me? Then where would we be if our forefathers hadn’t been curious enough to play with the dangerous element of electricity? We wouldn’t have microwaves, laptops, or iPods. Hell, we wouldn’t even have lights for Pete’s sake. Somebody had to go where nobody had gone before and provide a pathway into the future, and that’s only one example out of billions.

Fine, curiosity doesn’t have to be something as advanced as controlling electricity. The world turns on the power of simplicity. Let me explain: We’ve all seen those cute little fluffy balls of softness called babies, and if you haven’t, I kindly invite you to come out from your rock and join us before I burst into a fit of angry violent rage. Babies learn from observations and execution. An infant will watch the adults in its life walk on their two stick-like appendages and dream. They dream of one day being able to do the same, and one day, they try. It’s never easy. Babies will try to stand, but end up tumbling like a house of cards. But… they get back up and keep trying. Their curiosity is addictive, they crave to find out how their own stick-like appendages work, and through the winds of failure, they one day emerge triumphant. That story is universal for every meat sack we call a human being. In this case, curiosity killed the cat, but a lion rose from the ashes..

Curiosity opens door after door, with more sights to see and more opportunities lurking around every corner. With each advance, we become masters and explorers, going where we had never gone before. Curiosity finds the truth, no matter how beautifully hideous or hideously beautiful. Columbus was curious, so was Tesla, and the Ancient Egyptians. Only good can come from a curious mind. We learn new things in our life-long quest for knowledge and understanding. Pardon the horrendous comparison, but our minds grow from being cats to becoming lions that oversee the world with new insight and mastery that we can then pass down to our children and our children’s children. Besides, we wouldn’t even be here without the curiosity of those who came before us. So go forth, let your curiosity loose, and become an explorer of your world. So many possibilities await, you just have to try.

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2 thoughts on “Why Curiosity Killed The Cat

    • Thank you Ashtyn. I think it’s a shame that curiosity is being discouraged as being risky and dangerous. Sure, in some cases it may be, but in the long run, it pays off in the end.

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