Connecting local responses around the world
There is something interesting related with our capacity to express curiosity. In my culture, curiosity has been considered a tendency that needed to be controlled, specially among women. Still today it is considered as an intrusion into other people's lives, and a behaviour to be avoided for a good social interaction.
I haven't thought very much about it until I went to visit this small community affected by the tsunami in the region of Tamil Nadu, India. And curiosity is what i found there. When we arrived to the village, we were received with a lot of excitement, we were guided into a space where the gathering was going to take place and little by little the community members started to join us for the conversation. Youths, women carrying their little children with them, a few men... In short, the place was crowded with both visitors and hosts.
By my side was a young mother with a small child in her lap. the eyes of that child were like candle lights, glowing with that special light of natural and genuine curiosity. He was looking at me, at my white hair, at the movements of my hands, at the waving of my fan.
I was impressed by his awareness of the things that were unfamiliar to him. And as I looked around I could see a similar look in all those present. All of us were sharing a similar feeling of curiosity, a wish to know each other.
This made me reflect about the importance of curiosity in the process of establishing human relationships. It is the starting point for establishing contact with others. I realized that without that natural feeling of curiosity to come to get familiar with that we see as different there cannot be any future relationship.
Curiosity is a source of life and growth; it allows us to advance in our development since the very moment we are born.
And I think that it is also a way of showing appreciation for others and for ourselves as humans, for what we are, for what makes us different and alike. I started to think how much of my curiosity has been left behind because of cultural beliefs. How much of it I was putting aside for considering it as a childish trait.
This community visit helped me to recover part of my lost curiosity.