Curiosity Saved the Cat

Curiosity Saved the Cat

In his influential and oft-quoted book, The World Is Flat, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and pundit Thomas Friedman argues that “IQ still matters, but CQ and PQ—Curiosity Quotient and Passion Quotient—matter even more.” While I personally think that Friedman frequently oversimplifies complex concepts, I ardently agree with his assessment on the importance of curiosity and passion.

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Ridicule

Ridicule

Ridicule is a strong and soft word. Sometimes ridicule is irritating and intolerable, other times it is light-hearted and humorous. Ridicule takes many forms, but deep inside usually contains a form of advice. Sometimes it's senseless and sometimes it's not. It's commentary about what others perceive to be your flaws. Ridicule (in the general sense) points out what others think is wrong with you and your extensions (friends, family, possessions, thoughts, identity), as well as general weaknesses. Sometimes ridicule comes with implied suggestions of how you should be. That is how it takes the form of advice. That doesn't mean we should take that advice, but we should be able to hear it.

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