“Curiosity killed the cat” may arguably be one of the most complex statements ever uttered. The results of curiosity have shaped and destroyed the world many times over. In some instances, curiosity may indeed “kill the cat,” but oft times it will be the agent that leads us to discover a way to resurrect the cat; it is the most powerful bi-product of consciousness. The why and the corresponding how of the world has always fascinated me. I am a story teller, a farmer’s daughter, and a philosopher. I possess a desire to decipher the steps that led us as a species to where we are now. I stand in awe of the plants animals on this planet: they naturally understand their space among each other and are able to maintain that balance. As humans, we do not and have not. I am a part of those of us who would put our curiosities to work in laying the foundation for a more collaborative existence on this planet. If consciousness is the space between our instinct and our intellect, then it seems something has gone terribly wrong. The discovery that we could put the natural world to work for us was the first step toward the pillaging of our planet, and the stories that followed solidified our perceived “dominion” over everything that was deemed other. Just because we can, doesn’t mean that we should is a somewhat lost concept. Through my studies of the human condition in theatre and the anthropology of religion at NYU, I came to the understanding that the delineation between what is sacred and profane created the initial competition in technology. The stories that were chosen and labeled “holy” served as the justification of a thousand actions against the natural world. Stories create the space for action. Behavior is influenced by understanding. Understanding the culture (collected stories) of a group of people using a focused curiosity is how I imagine a shift can be made. If we understand the ‘why’ we can set a new course for the ‘how.’ I believe that telling new stories is the only way to ensure that life and evolution can continue. 

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