zora neale hurston said that “research is formalized curiosity. it is poking and prying with a purpose.” but when one pokes and pries on just about anything, could it still be branded as formalized curiosity?
the simple answer is no. snooping and prying on just about any imaginable things isn’t being curious. it is an obnoxious behavior, an unbearable conduct of someone who is obviously bored with life. dullness… that’s what it is. apparently, insipidness can obliterate one’s idea of social graces. deliberate social ineptitude masked by an unpleasant amount of curiosity is just unforgivable.
there are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of. - francois de la rochefoucauld