End of Curiosity, the Ultimate Entropy

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There is a controversial opinion regarding the peak of happiness. Some say that the journey itself is the fun of life, and some like to say that it is after you’ve reached success. I have a rather different opinion. It’s not necessarily waiting for the end, but sort of similar to that. And in the end, there has to be a blast. However, after further thinking and diving into research, I’ve come to the conclusion that this all has something to do with curiosity.

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You see, it is known that curiosity is a necessary sense or feeling that is behind the revolution of mankind. But there’s more to it than that. Explicitly, curiosity makes us do things. And more deeply thought, curiosity makes whatever we do, look lively. Imagine a marriage where the bride is unhappy about the whole thing. No enthusiasm, no smiles, and says the words “Amen” or “I do” in the lowest voice possible. It is supposed to make everyone think that this wedding is not gonna last. And I’d not be shocked if such a wedding falls apart quickly after the marriage. Because the bride was never willing to do this. She had no curiosity. It’s just sad love-making, which may seem a bit more like it was forced upon. Great teachers often praise the act of asking questions because it keeps the attention of the students in the class. Interest is important for progress since it directly correlates to the act of adapting and learning by connecting with our brain.

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People with a lot of curiosity tend to do questionable things more frequently. But you’ll see that most of the time, these types of people have a smile on their face and are extremely happy. Even though people do not always admire them since they may try stupid things to satisfy their curiosity. But that is not the point. Being able to do what you want gives you happiness. We don’t always spark up when we get money on our hands; rather, we get happy when we get to spend it on what we want. This proves that the result isn’t always the goal. The goal is the usefulness of the result. And progress makes us happy since it fulfills our desire or, in other words, our curiosity. Visible progress has been forever crucial in order to convince both sides, the operative, and the operator.

Not all of us like to run, but all of us would admit that we somewhat enjoy the adrenaline rush. Why is that? Granted, there are a lot of other ways to start an adrenaline rush besides running, and also that running doesn’t always create an adrenaline rush unless there is a reasonable context for that. The adrenaline rush can increase the activity performed in our brain, and thus, can also make us proactive or hyper. The adrenaline pumping through that blood can be a great feeling, even when it is unknown how the result might end up. This again proves that we are less excited about the results and more about how to achieve them. But the result is always there to inspire our curiosity anyway. It feels good to finally be able to sneeze when we were trying to but couldn’t, but it is not such when it’s just sudden. The feeling of water slides can be used here to ask yourself what excites you the most. The moment after letting go, the moment while going down, or the moment when splashing into the water. Different people may answer differently, and that is how it should be. Some people spend their entire life focusing on building a career, while some travel around the world and do what they like. Of course, money is always an excruciating factor and can be an obstruction to living the life you’d prefer. But with enough curiosity or, in other words, willingness, one can find a way. They shoot videos, start a career out of nothing, sing songs, and do what was deemed impossible for them because they are motivated by their dream, their curiosity.

A thing that’s so special about curiosity is that it can mean a lot of things like willingness, desire, dream. The end of curiosity means the end of trying. Nothing has ever been accomplished without someone trying. But this has a potentially bigger meaning than we realize. Literally speaking, if people lost interest in everything due to the over-accessibility of things, it would cause entropy.

There has been a lot of research about the potential causes of the end of the universe. There are three major suspected reasons. First, the Big Crunch, or the concluding of the Big Bang, where it is doubted that the expansion will converse and the universe will collapse. Second, the Big Rip, where the universe will expand to a state in which particles will fall into a sea of solitude. And third, the Big Freeze, or the heat death of the universe, where the stars will evaporate and turn into black holes, making the universe cold and lifeless.

While “no more curiosity” isn’t yet listed, in my opinion, it should be. Because if there was a way that curiosity could be destroyed entirely, it would mean the destruction of the universe. And just like other forms of entropies, as in thermodynamics, the chances of this also increases with time, as the availability of the things that we want are getting further and further easily accessible. This may not be intended, but it is happening, and most of us are failing to comprehend it.

The advancement of technology has taken us a lot forward in terms of being a civilized kind of species, but as we progress further, we are starting to see reverse effects due to the subconscious effort to maintain the balance of curiosity by us. People like to have antique things, they want to stay away from their phones on holidays, and spend more time in nature. Although these things aren’t done without the help of technology, there is a motive that even though there is an easier way to it, people want to do it the hard way to extract the fun in the hard work of doing it. There are lots of examples, and one might be going to see a game or a movie when you can just see it on a large TV at home. But as always, we know it’s not the same feeling, and some people are so lazy and opposed to hard work that they will still argue.

If we are to believe in “Ignorance is bliss,” we will be only working towards fastening the process to our doom. Speaking in general, these diversified effects can’t hold off for too long because most of the time, it makes more sense to do things the easier way when there is an easier way, regardless of the fun. But as long as there is the curiosity to create new things, there will always be the curiosity to try new things.

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Only more curiosity can save us from the end of curiosity.

‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’ — Steve Jobs.

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