Curiosity must meet objectivity

One of the most important traits for current and future professionals (regardless of their area) is their ability to be curious. The urging need to know and understand intensively and extensively about a particular subject, with the bonus that sometimes it's not just one subject at a time.

Alas, curiosity comes with a price, and it's actually hard work. The curious mind works relentlessly to know more, to expand its knowledge, to understand, but our time and attention are increasingly scarce. The solution for some is to neglect their curiosity and live by a standard, working to be "just ok", do their job, put out fires and get their payroll. Who has time to read all those junk news, anyway? They'll just ask someone when they need.

Related to this, what we call "useless culture" is also subject to mockery. Who cares about all those factoids and geek stuff? What good is it for you? Who told you to have fun while learning, you fool? And why aren't you working on what I asked for ASAP?

I digress. The bottom line: there's too much information available for the curious ones, which raises a big problem, because since time and attention are finite, the curious mind must be intelligent in the way it feeds itself. Tactics are needed to stop your curious mind from taking over your life.

A brief but nice conversation I had on Twitter made me realize there's no right tactic — it's really up to each one of us to acknowledge our context and adapt to it. But the mere fact that people are willing to think abstractly about the role of information in their lives brings me joy.

Curiosity must meet objectivity in order to help us maintain balance. Just because you can read 500 different news publishers daily, that doesn't mean you should do so. Too much information can actually cause damage in the sense you read so much and retain so little. The curious minds not only want to absorb, they want to properly process. And information time out is as important as the will to actively consume information in the first place.