For some people a problem is just that, an annoying nuisance which nobody has time for in their busy schedules. A hair pulling, head scratching inconvenience which has ruined your perfectly planned weekend. For others it’s an opportunity. A chance to gain an understanding of something new and unexpected.
I’m the latter. I once went round to my uncles to fix his broken printer only to arrive there and for it to be working perfectly. For most, this would now be an excuse to put your feet up, have a drink and congratulate a job well done. Not me. I spent an unreasonable amount of time, much to my uncles dismay, trying to recreate the problem and effectively ‘break his printer’ all in the pursuit of curiosity. I wanted to know why it had broken. What had gone wrong? Will it do it again? How do I fix it? And why did it fix itself? It wasn’t enough for it to just work. I had to know why.
Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back
I often find myself ‘Midnight Googling’, overloading my head with new-found, and possibly useless information. A remedy that will restrict my night-time curiosity long enough to let myself sleep because if I just don’t find out how tv remotes work I might just keep myself up into 6am deliberating over the answer.
So naturally I found myself curious about curiosity which led me to Greater Good Science Center and their post on Six Surprising Benefits of Curiosity, which is a quick read that I’d recommend if you need a little more convincing that curiosity is a good thing and that sometimes a problem isn’t always a nuisance.