We’ve all heard the old saying, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Too much curiosity in an unhealthy direction can prove to be a mistake, but in general curiosity is a good thing.
I found this quote by Albert Einstein to be very encouraging since I’ve always been a person of curiosity. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curios.” From this we can derive that it was his curiosity coupled with his genius that caused him to do some pretty intense thinking.
I also loved this quote from Walt Disney. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Many great human discoveries come out of curiosity or to answer questions. Is there a cure for cancer? Can people ever travel to space? Is there another way to create household light and heat for everyone?
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”
I believe that God put within each of us a holy curiosity that was designed to lead us into relationship with Him. I have heard some discourage anyone from questioning God. This always amazes me. God is not afraid of our curiosity or our questions, and there is certainly nothing that the finite mind of man can ask that infinite God cannot answer.
The problem with curiosity is that most people are afraid to act on it. What if I give my life into God’s hands and He requires me to do something I don’t want to do? What if I try to change jobs and fail? What if I marry this person and they turn out to be the wrong one?
Just as a child is curious about a burning flame and end up getting their little fingers burned when they try to touch it, we are often afraid of reaching out for new things only to be hurt by them. A child quickly learns that fire is hot and sticking fingers in it is a bad idea. When our curiosity leads us to a bad decision, it doesn’t take us long to figure it out.
As adults we are usually smart enough to know when our curiosity is tempting us down a wrong road or trying to get us to do something that is not good for us. For example – a person may be curious about the power of drugs or alcohol and its affects on the human body. They don’t have to try it out personally or become addicted to either one just because they are curious. There are enough other people who have let their curiosity take them down that dark hole and shared the bad outcome of that experience to provide us with all the information we will ever need on that subject.
We can let our curiosity point us in wonderfully amazing and challenging places. We can let it motivate us to discover new things, find solutions, and become better people. Like Albert Einstein, if we are passionately curious and temper that with common sense, our potential for good in this world is truly amazing.