It is human nature to be curious about the things around him. It was curiosity that made Adam eat the fruit of the forbidden tree and caused him to be thrown out of the paradise to stray on the Earth. It was curiosity that led human kind to a life like this; full of luxuries and comforts.
Society is a structure that is built up on the principles of coordination and interaction. Living in a society we are always curious about the lives and experiences of others. This is usually an in-born trait. At start, we are intentionally curious. Later, we start doing it unintentionally as it becomes a part of our personality. People may also be curious because they don’t have any healthy activity to channelize their energies and no useful thoughts come to their minds when they start thinking. Curiosity is considered to be good as well as bad thing depending upon its nature. It is an inborn trait of a person. It leads to good as well as bad consequences.
In our society, lack of education, unemployment, social media and literature has a strong influence and impact on human personality. When a person is illiterate, he never has the idea about the good and bad aspects of society and his thoughts are usually distracted in the negative direction. Lack of knowledge is a very strong point that makes a person curious but this curiosity is rarely in positive way. Most of the uneducated as well as educated people have negative approach towards society, culture and norms.
Unemployment is a very serious issue of our country. Many people can’t get jobs and have nothing else to do except for thinking. Under the circumstances in which they are living below the poverty line, have nothing to eat, no safe drinking water and no home, how can they be positive for the things. When they get nothing else to do, they start getting curious about the society and people living there.
Media, both electronic and print, have played vital part in promotion of negative part of curiosity of the human minds. Dramas, movies and cartoons have all created a sense of prying in a very negative way. Media can control masses and is literally doing this role. Children get most of the curious attitude from the cartoons and ask certain questions that are answered and they ask more and more. Some questions are better left unanswered as the answers add to the curiosity of young minds.
G.R.R. Martin said, “why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what is on the other side?”
In my opinion, people are curious out of nothing except for the sake of enjoyment, time pass and gossips. This wrong attitude usually prevails in eastern societies. Westerns are however indifferent to what others do or do not. Their curiosity is limited to what is beneficial to them. They never try to interfere in someone’s personal life.
Curiosity is not a bad thing at all. It all depends what you are curious about. If you are curious in positive ways, this can prove to be fruitful. Positive curiosity can unveil many truths and internal satisfaction is acquired. All the advancements of today’s world are the result of positive curiosity.
Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to be stopped questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.”
By: Aimon Malghani