Neurating Curiosity

“There is nothing more important or more strange than curiosity.”  -Ian Leslie ‘Curious’

Curiosity makes us want to explore.  Curiosity turns us into pioneers.  Curiosity makes us willing to leave the safety of our comfortable lives and our known world.  Curiosity drives us out of the ordinary and mundane, in search of the hidden and the unknown.  Curiosity makes us want to take things apart, to know how things work, to see what makes them tick.  In many ways…

Curiosity is disruptive.  

Curiosity is impulsive.  

Curiosity is powerful and difficult to deny.

Curiosity is a gateway…one that leads to imagination, creativity and innovation.  To all that which makes us human.

Curiosity makes us ask questions that change ourselves, our organizations, our lives and even our world.  Curiosity is infectious, irresistible, even compelling.

But in a world where everything has become instantaneous…are we losing our will, our want, our need to be curious?

Have our minds become numb to curating curiosity?

As Ian Leslie shares in his work ‘Curious’…in the “age of immediacy” we may have lost “desirable difficulties.”  Or as he adds, “We confuse the practice of curiosity with ease of access to information and forget that real curiosity requires the exercise of effort.”  “In a world where vast inequalities in access to information are finally being leveled, a new divide is emerging – between the curious and the incurious.”

“Curiosity is contagious.”

and yet…

“So is incuriosity.”

Curiosity is a primal part of what makes us human and the very reason we ask why…

In a world that has become much more uncertain, curiosity pushes us forward through the ambiguity and fear that threatens to paralyze us into inaction and immobility.  In other words…

“Curiosity is the sweetest form of dissatisfaction.”  -Ian Leslie ‘Curious’

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