Curiosity

Curiosity is behaviour of interest in different activities or thoughts of others. It is reflected in the desire to know everything about everything.

It is a trait of character with which some living beings are endowed. Curiosity can be interpreted in different ways.

Indeed, the latter be a form of intelligibility because it represents a thirst to learn about others and the world around it. Moreover, curiosity leads to a great openness of mind because the curious person is constantly searching for information from the people around him. He accumulates a base of information in his memory that makes him, in a certain sense, more open, intelligent and cultivated and because he is interested in everything, he himself becomes very interesting.

But this trait may also be viewed negatively by some people as a “nasty flaw”. The desire for knowledge can sometimes offend the sensitivity of others and be felt as embarrassing or invasive depending on certain social codes. This varies according to culture: whereas in China, for example, it is normal to ask someone their age or the amount of their salary, it is considered very negative in France.  This intrusive desire to know others at all costs is often disruptive because in some cultures it is not usual to have such direct access to others’ personal lives; as a result, a strange feeling occurs.

Curiosity has significant qualities for those who know how to use it wisely. But there is a real danger for the curious. This translates into an unconditional quest for the truth. This aspect is illustrated in the myth of Icarus, who drowns in the Aegean Sea for having come too close to the sun.