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A Case for Curiosity

We are born curious, but most people aren’t that curious.

That’s a problem for writers. Writers need to be curious. Curiosity leads to new ideas.

So where did it go wrong?

Babies are the most curious creatures in the world. They observe everything. Every sound catches their attention. If an object is within reach, they check its taste and do whatever it takes to eat it.

This is where we start saying “Stop” and start killing curiosity.

But small humans are stubborn. They might stop putting things in their mouth, but they’re still as curious as ever. “Dad, why’s the sun yellow?” “Mom, how much longer?” “Granny, why do you and grandad live separately?”

The questions don’t stop until they hear “I don’t know” and “It’s none of your business” too often.

Is that where curiosity dies?

That’s where it gets a serious knock, but curiosity dies in school, where things are true because the teacher says so. Where you get punished for not following the rules. Where you don’t get A’s if you don’t exactly follow the teacher’s instructions.

And what if some curiosity survives?

Then other adults are happy to kill it for you. Curiosity isn’t encouraged. Security is.

What a shame.

And yet, the people we most idolise are the most curious.

Curiosity is the reason we have the fire, cars, the Internet and Twitter.

It’s time to stop killing curiosity. Who knows how much more we could achieve?

And while there’s only so much we can do for the people around us, it starts with our children and ourselves.

Let your kids be curious. Be more curious. Why not be curious together?

Follow the curiosity of others to reignite yours. Ask yourself questions too. Why is the Sun yellow actually? Do you know? Time for investigation. It might be your next story. It might be part of your next essay. Or it might just be a little bit of fun knowledge to have. Who cares? Follow your curiosity. The writer within will thank you.

PS: The Sun is actually white, but it appears yellow-ish to us. The colour white has the entire spectrum of colours. But when the light passed through the atmosphere, the colours get scattered. Yellow and red-ish colours don’t get scattered as much as blue-ish colours. That’s why the sun appears yellow and the sky blue.

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