Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Curious Cat

The old adage says that curiosity killed the cat. But I wonder…was the cat happy before he died?

Curiosity pervades the human mind, and yet it proposes a dangerously thin wire upon which we walk. If we choose to ignore our curiosity, we never allow ourselves to take risks. If we never take risks, life would just be one boring, straight, road to nowhere. I imagine we would spend quite a great deal of time regretting the chances we did not take. And yet if we embrace our curiosities, we choose to enter an unknown territory of potential danger. So how do we reach a balance? How do we decide whether to acknowledge and entertain our curiosities or to deny and ignore them? Which path to choose…curiosity or safety?

There is no one right answer to the question. But I, for one, prefer to believe that the curious little cat died happy.


  1. Anonymous4:02 AM

    Dear Abhinav Gupta,

    to put it in the words of one of my teachers:
    "There is no winning, without loosing." Zygmunt Baumann

    Perhaps I did not understand the curious cat, if so, just erase this comment.

    See you tomorrow!


  2. hello

    i came across ur blog recently only..found it very interesting. now i'm in the process of reading ur earlier posts...
    continue the good work frnd


  3. @Kerrekor - Let's meet up when you're in Delhi next. Have good time in Goa:)

    @Manu - Thanks.

  4. i love reading your posts.. yeah i am not able to do it regularly though ...:)