Essay about I Do Not Know If I Was Born Incurious

763 Words Jan 12th, 2016 4 Pages
For the most part of my life, I have been a rather incurious individual. I do not know if I was born incurious. I do not recall exactly what killed my curiosity or when my curiosity was killed. In the first chapter of her book The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire, Cynthia Enloe inquired feminist curiosity and incuriosity and applied her curiosity to international politics. This chapter of her book compelled me to reconsider my incurious past and curiouser present. I came to the conclusion that the traditional education system discourages curiosity.
Curiosity, according to Enloe, is an act of exploring and challenging existing “facts”, customs, traditions and cultures, which consumes energy (3). Incuriosity is therefore a form of “energy conservation” (2-3). Enloe suggests feminist curiosity is important because feminist incuriosity (i.e., accepting patriarchy as the way it is) can be “problematic” and “dangerously comfortable” (3,6). Part of my incurious past was due to the traditional class setting where the teacher speaks, answers few questions from the students, and the students accept the teacher’s words as absolute facts. Furthermore, punishment can come along with curiosity if the teacher or fellow students perceive one’s curiosity to be inappropriate (i.e., asking a “dumb question). As a result, I was a normal and incurious student who felt comfortable just sitting in a classroom and receiving “facts” from my instructors. Even though my…

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