Are you a Fundamentalist or are you Curious?

by Ashok Nayar

To preface, you need to watch Seth Godin’s quick interview on being curious.

Seth Godin – Curiousity (my embed isn’t working, sorry)

Now personally, I’d like to think I’m curious, primarily because I have no real faith system to look towards and so anything I’m told, I look to explore before I accept it. Also, this video isn’t anti faith or religion (actually, he mentions how he’s not equating religion and faith), so don’t take it the wrong way. That being said, it’s also interesting to note that he points out the fundamental flaw with the education system, in that it doesn’t allow for curiousity.

See, in traditional schooling, even higher schooling, questions are not encouraged. And the reason for this is because of the ideology that what’s taught to you is of higher value than any counter argument or question that’s posed. This is not only an inherent hindrance to learning, but also diminishes the actual education system! Sure, you will come across teaches and professors that stimulate questions and encourage natural thinking, but rarely does a systematic form of learning and a free formed thinking pattern go hand in hand. They’re typically mutually exclusive.

Also, this doesn’t mean that being a fundamentalist is necessarily a bad thing. I have a profound respect for those who are disciplined enough to simply do as they’re told. To accept what they’ve been given. And to walk the line. But it’s fun to question. It’s fun to think outside the box. It allows for innovation.

Then again you know what happened to the cat.

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