What most human beings really want to attain is not knowledge, but certainty. Gaining real knowledge requires taking risks and keeping the mind open – but most people prefer to be reassured rather than to learn the complex and often unsettling truth about anything.
It is all about changes. Every major change in the society occurs with heavy resistance from the people. Usually, we don’t like changes. Every human has a path to go through life. That path starts when being born. After this we should face many obstacles to progress, step by step, to the equilibrium state when we become adults. And at that point people usually have a family, have goals to achieve in this live. Those facts determine the human behavior and the way they act. Almost all people have a plan for their life and they’re trying to keep this line. And here is the part where knowledge becomes a threat. A threat that can deviate the people from their plan. A moment when something tries to interfere with our lives.
This is the Curiosity – curiosity about things around us, about progress, and about survival. There is a cure for this curiosity: the religion. All religions give people answers to many questions. Those answers all are resumed to the idea “to believe”. And most people accept it, because they receive a plan, a line for life, and an antidote for curiosity. They don’t need to worry about the knowledge they have, because the religion gives them an answer to every question. They don’t need to worry about the future because the divinity is taking care of it. Finally, they don’t need to worry about progress because they like the way they are living.
So, generally, people prefer to think and act in this simple way, a way when all you have to do is to keep the line. But the world changes and we need to progress in order to survive. In our history the progress was made always thanks to people who wanted to know more. We call them geniuses, but I think that they were simple human beings who weren’t able to beat the Curiosity.
The laws of nature show us that all things tend to become simpler. The water flowing through a forest will always choose the easiest way. The same is for human beings: most people choose the easy way. Only geniuses choose the way that brings progress to us.
Author: T. T.