Orange the cat seemed especially curious. Before settling onto my lap, he orbited me several times while sniffing at my sweatshirt and blue jeans. He eventually looked at my face and trilled. Orange then became obsessed with my coffee mug–batting at it with a paw. I allowed him to sniff the contents. Finally, he curled up on me and began purring.

I asked Orange if he liked the aroma of the laundry detergent I had used on my clothing. He responded by purring louder. I’m sure he doesn’t understand the English language, but Orange probably picks up the tone of my voice. I commented aloud, “It looks like there are two inquisitive creatures here this morning.” He tilted his head in reply.

I doubt that we can impose limits on cats. The very nature of felines is that they are quite inquisitive. This seems to be true for tame domestic cats and large wild cats like lions. Their curiosity probably evolved as a survival mechanism.

I believe the same is possibly true for homo sapiens, too. As far as our physical bodies in comparison with other animals are concerned, we are vulnerable and weak creatures. Many species can easily outrun our fastest Olympians. Regarding body mass to strength, ants put human weight-lifters to shame. We are not physically well equipped to defend our lives; our teeth are vulnerable to loss and decay, while our nails are useless for climbing. It has been our minds–specifically our inquisitive minds–that have aided us in becoming an apex species.

Young humans are a curious lot. When allowed their freedom, kids seem to continuously ask questions. They investigate objects and phenomenon. Adolescents are even more inquisitive as they push back on the limits society has imposed. Most teens want to know about things, even though they may deny being curious.

“There are people who consider it almost unpatriotic to be inquisitive and to be truthful about your opinions.”– actress and filmmaker, Laura Dern

To go along just to get along is a nice way to behave, but such attitudes are not always helpful. People with inquiring minds bring sparkle to society. Those who question authority are not satisfied with the don’t rock the boat crowd. “We’ve always done it that way,” is not an acceptable answer to inquisitive folks. They want to be part of the invigorating flow of the river, not a stagnant puddle. They like to ask the question, “Why not?”

I hope this short article has piqued your own inquisitive nature, at least a little. Curiosity about things and the ensuing investigations help us to become more effective.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 19th-20th century encyclopaedia editor and essayist, Frank Moore Colby. “Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the Sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance?”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Inquisitive?

  1. Such an adorable bonding interaction with Orange the cat!

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