Curiosity killed the cat’ is an old saying invented by grown-ups to stop kids asking questions. My dad encouraged me to ask questions and I’m glad he did. I guess that’s why I became a journalist. Good journalism is all about asking questions and continuing to ask them even when people don’t like it.
Being a bit nosy can be a good thing especially if your questions result in things changing for the better. Sometimes we accept things in life that don’t make sense. For instance, why do we pay for bottled water when it’s free from the tap? Why are cigarettes still sold if they kill people, how can we have an obesity epidemic in one part of the world and starvation in another? How can someone who tells lies and preaches division become the leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world?
A lot of good things have happened by people looking for answers to those sorts of questions. If curiosity killed the cat that’s bad news for the cat but unless you have whiskers and a tail, don’t be put off. Like Caitlin, the central character of the Viola Vincent series, I reckon not being curious enough is a greater risk to the world.