Monday, April 29, 2013

Curiosity

25% of all car accidents happen because of distractions. Crazy percentage, right?
When you drive and you feel your cell phone buzzing in your pocket, for some weird reason you decide to continue driving and also take a peek and see what the message is all about. That's what we call curiosity. You are familiar with the saying "Curiosity killed the cat"? If so, you can get a vague idea why this saying was created. In the case of car accidents, this "principle" actually applies. That's not the only situation that is driven by that feeling, of course.
Maybe it's just me, but who are we kidding? Everybody loves to gossip, some more than others, but still. If our human nature wasn't that closely bound to curiosity, then there wouldn't be any gossip or even news, for that matter. There are basically two stimuli for any action people take, in my opinion. Personal Gain and Solidarity. Curiosity falls somewhere between wanting to know everything about your fellow people and wanting to help out by offering advice. Most of the times it tends to fall short of solidarity, but there are definitely exceptions. That means it doesn't have to be something we aren't proud of.
I need to point out that being "interested in the lives of others" isn't necessarily bad. If we weren't interested in the welfare of others, then we wouldn't have created medicine or have developed any other science regarding mankind. Where I'm going with this is that we would be still living on trees. We have the Internet, medicine, community facilities or transportation means and many others, that can show for that.
Conclusively, all that I wanted to express was that much like anything in life, every cloud has a silver lining. That's actually an ancient Greek saying "Ουδέν κακόν αμιγές καλού".