The strongest instinct of the human race, stronger than even sex or hunger, is curiosity: the absolute need to know

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“It was a town scandal, as Ira was reminded more than once as a boy. But she faced it down. She looked them in the eye at the inquest, said she had no idea what the note meant and that what she’d done was nobody’s business but hers. Ten days later she had the stone you saw erected at the grave, and no one ever heard one word of explanation about that either.

“It shadowed Ira’s life. As long as he lived he wanted to know – why, why, why? And so have I.”

I did, too. We talked a lot that night. I told Kate a good deal about myself; mostly about my marriage and divorce and what I understood and did not understand about it… But even blabbing away about myself to an interested and willing listener, part of my mind was still thinking about Andrew Carmody, and wondering why, why, why.

It may be that the strongest instinct of the human race, stronger even than sex or hunger, is curiosity; the absolute need to know. It can and often does motivate a lifetime, it kills more than cats, and the prospect of satisfying it can be the most exciting of emotions.

by Jack Finney (October 2, 1911 – November 14, 1995)
from Time and Again (1970)
voice of Simon Morley
image – ZeroOne

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