Curiosity is a familiar feeling among people.
But as soon as we scrutinize that feeling, curiosity reveals itself to be a complex emotion indeed. Just ask yourself: Is curiosity a positive feeling or a negative feeling? Is it more like frustration or more like anticipation? Is it a painful reminder of what we don’t (yet) know, or a thrilling beacon towards what we might soon discover?
Actually, curiosity can be all of these things — and more. Like lust, curiosity has positive and negative faces: one pointed (with happy anticipation!) towards what we desire, one pointed (with cruel frustration!) towards what we have not yet obtained — and may never obtain.
But unlike lust, the object of curiosity’s desire is information. Curiosity is all about learning what we do not (yet) know.
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