Possibility Cannot Exist Without Curiosity
Why you should let questions guide your decisions.
Passivity ate curiosity. For all our interconnectedness, we are rather passive in how we interact with one another and consume information.
Instead of intrinsic human curiosity, we rely increasingly on algorithms to choose what we devote our attention to. By outsourcing curiosity, we relinquish both our self-awareness and our critical faculties.
Despite bingeing on content, our minds remain so malnourished their growth is often stunted. In extreme cases, a human mind can become so numb it turns inward, locks itself into solipsism, and can even detach from society altogether.
Because its experience is all it can ever know, it systematically shuts down anything that challenges its belief system. Instead of curiosity, it runs on confirmation bias, the favoured soundtrack that plays on a loop in echo chambers the world over.
We’re no longer humans in the world, we’re our own worlds.
The unquestioning mind is blind.
It doesn’t function at full capacity but rather exists in standby mode; thinking has been switched off to conserve energy. That energy is no longer devoted to learning and discovery but to aggressively marketing the self as a product, a brand, or both.
And because social media has given a megaphone to anyone who wants one, the public square that is the internet is no longer a place for debate. Gone are the civil conversations of yesteryear, banished are the inconvenient truth-seekers; every day is market day.
Inflated egos shout for attention and jostle for eyeballs hijacking clicks with empty promises and fake dreams. While the unsuspecting feast on a feel-good story they all paid for, no one asks how many players it takes to make a winner.
If you knew what it took to achieve their success, would you still celebrate it? And would you still want the same for yourself?
The possibility suggests alternatives.
It looks at what is and asks “What if?” but not until it has done its due diligence and sought to understand why and how what is came to be.
Because the possibility is impervious to dogma and curious to a fault. It isn’t born from assertions but from questions; it thrives on context, facts, evidence, and creativity.
Preaching possibility without proof results are replicable or scalable is deceitful and cruel. Because it taps into universal aspirations like success and security and comfort, which we spend a lifetime trying to achieve.
Possibility requires both inward and outward observation. Knowing who we are means being aware of our shortcomings and limitations, which is the first step toward seeking to transcend them. Examining our thoughts and feelings and how they correlate with the world around us comes next.
How does your environment influence your thoughts and feelings? And how do your thoughts and feelings influence your environment?
The question mark is the most powerful agent of change and evolution.
If both are inevitable facts of life, there are two ways to deal with them; we can either let them happen or make them happen.
While we cannot control everything, we can take back control of lives often gone awry because, at some point, we give up. We give up on ourselves; we give up on our dreams; we give up on finding answers and alternatives; we settle for what is available.
Out of laziness, convenience, or both we choose to follow in the footsteps of those who came before instead of forging our own path. We replace curiosity with vicarious living and the kind of magical thinking that posits money is a mindset.
Instead of letting the unknown inspire us, we let the known lull us into a false sense of belonging and security as we fall asleep.
The only revelations worth heeding are those we experience firsthand; hearts and minds are designed to act, not spectate. We are all born curious but we tend to lose this open-minded and adventurous disposition as we get older, painting ourselves into corners.
If you’re not curious, chances are you’ll never find out what you’re capable of.
So find your curiosity and unlock your potential.
I’m a French-American writer, journalist, and editor living out of a suitcase in transit between North America and Europe. To continue the conversation, follow the bird. For email and everything else, deets in bio.