In the turning of a wheel, the ringing of a telephone, the light from a bulb, the fabric of DNA and in the motion of the mars rover: curiosity is found. Curiosity is the seed, ambition is the water and ingeniousness is the growth of knowledge. However, the seed of ingenuity is both the growth and decay of man. Mental acquisitiveness pushes the limitations of the human mind and transforms a single cell settlement into a living and breathing organism of civilization.
The augmentation of civilization is the product of inventions, discoveries and cures. The wheel changed the transportation of people and produce, connecting ‘roots’ between towns and countries. The telephone, created by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, revolutionized interaction in the world and created a way for people on opposite ends of the earth to communicate. The light bulb, built by Thomas Edison in 1879, then altered the world of productivity, which created space for mass growth in the industrial movement. The discovery of DNA, made by Francis Crick and James Watson, then transformed the world of medicine, giving the world a greater grasp of humanistic attributes, from eye color to genetic diseases; this discovery bloomed into cures for diseases and ailments thus increasing life expectancy and the general health of the world. The invention of the mars rover named ‘Curiosity’ itself, made by NASA, explores the environment of mars and seeks for any signs of possible habitability.
However, despite such ingenious and beneficial inventions, discoveries and cures that have been made. Curiosity has also budded into thorns and weeds. Discoveries such as nuclear weapons, which has lead to the death of millions. The invention of the pathogenic bio-weapon to the potential contamination of native gene pools in our environment. Industrial revolutions across the globe that has contributed to the increase of pollution and slow decay of our world. Such inventions and ‘initiatives’ for global improvement, that spawned from curiosity, is a great threat not only to the human race, but also the survival of the earth itself. Hence, one might inquire: is curiosity there for benefit or detriment?
Curiosity can be both beneficial and detrimental. It exists simply for knowledge. Although many like to believe that “ignorance is bliss”, in reality where there is ignorance there is a destitute of light, thus a lack of growth. Therefore, in conclusion, curiosity is vital for the nourishment of knowledge and ultimately civilization – mankind. It is then important, for the benefit of the future of society, to remain curious; as Norton Juster – American academic, architect and writer – so accurately states:
What you learn today, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.