Curiosity

Posted on: March 4th, 2018 by jmbroekman 2 Comments
curiosity

Curiosity: a strong desire to know or learn something

I had to look up curiosity to figure out how to spell it. I never thought of it as a “strong desire”, but more of well, just being open. My curiosity was peaked recently when this piece (at left), which had been on my painting wall a long time, caught my eye. Why then, and not three weeks ago? Obviously at one time it had interested me enough to put it up there. When I put it on the wall, it was with the intention to do something else to it. This is often the case – something catches my eye, I put it on the wall, and then it waits. At some point I see it with a fresh set of eyes, and figure out what it needs. Either that, or I just go on the attack.

So I am curious about what it is that catches my attention when it does, and why. I don’t know if curiosity killed any cats, but I do know that it continues to drive me forward. Which leads me to the conclusion that I need to keep the curiosity channels wide open. Maybe the world would be a better place in general if we could all do that. Just be curious.

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2 Responses

  1. Otto Verdoner says:

    Hello Jessyca.
    I rewarded myself by reading this latest from you, as a break from sorting tax papers. Your post fits in with my recent ruminations about culture and it’s effect on language, meaning, attitude.
    My immediate reaction was that curiosity is the opposite of closed minded, opinionated, convinced.
    To have an accepting curiosity is to be at the left end of the liberal-conservative spectrum.
    That may be a bit of a stretch, but anyone who disagrees with me is obviously just closed minded, hopelessly wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’d say you were wondering about the neural networks up there behind your eyes and between your ears. What interesting connections were energized by seeing that piece on the wall again?
    well, thank you for distracting me. Enough of my blather. back to the stapler and the adding machine for me.
    Love, hugs, and peace be with you.
    Otto.

    • jmbroekman says:

      Thanks, Otto,
      I tend to agree that having an accepting curiosity leads one to toward the left end of the liberal/conservative spectrum. But is that just my own closed-minded bias? And yes, I probably was wondering about those neural networks and the work they do to lead us where they do. I find those thoughts pretty endlessly fascinating. Much more interesting than the annual drudgery of tax filing!

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