What Happened to Our Curiosity?

“Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.”

As all ailurophiles know, cats are intensely inquisitive creatures, knocking over a glass of water as they explore a tabletop or checking out the backyard like a feline Sherlock Holmes.

Humans are by nature just as nosey, prying around in all sorts of ways to solve mysteries and make sense of confusing data.

Until recently.

In the wake of the COVID vaccines, Sweden’s birthrate dropped, Israel had a tragic increase in neonatal deaths, and Scotland had an increase in infant mortality, according to Daniel Horowitz’s article “The sudden decline in birth rates post-vaccination—and the shocking silence.” Horowitz points us to articles and studies demonstrating these anomalies. The graphs depicting Sweden’s plummeting birthrates are particularly vivid.

Throughout the article, Horowitz wonders several times why so many journalists, scientists, and government officials have shown so little interest in this data.

Yet we should not be surprised. This lack of curiosity is standard today among our elites. Consider these scenarios in which a natural sense of curiosity is either suppressed or has gone missing.

Before the 2020 presidential election, mainstream journalistic interest in Hunter Biden’s laptop, a cesspool of perfidy and perversion, was missing in action. Handed a story rife with sex, bribery, and possible treason, most media outlets shrugged, closed their eyes, and turned away.

On our southern border, millions of migrants have illegally crossed into the United States in the last two years, prompting a person of normal intelligence to ask questions. Who is financing this massive immigration influx? Who is transporting these millions of people to the border? Are we really supposed to believe that vast numbers of people awake one morning and decide to head off to the United States? But few raise these questions, much less investigate them.

We’ve known for years that Mexican cartels and the Chinese Communist Party have combined their resources to make that same southern border a highway for fentanyl, the number one killer of American adults 18–45. Where are the repercussions for this assault on the American people? Does no one in D.C. or in our press think of digging into this evil and then doing something about it?

This list of unsolved mysteries seems endless. Who is the Supreme Court leaker of the Dobbs decision? What is the real origin of the COVID-19 virus? What financial practices bring wealth to so many members of Congress? What is the relationship between the Biden family, including the president himself, and the governments and companies in nations like Ukraine and China? Where is the accountability for the billions of dollars the United States has given to Ukraine to fight its war with Russia?

Only a few independent reporters and courageous individuals have sought answers to such questions. For example, regarding COVID and the disastrous policies of the pandemic, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in The Real Anthony Fauci exposed the nefarious practices and policies of our government, and in Levi’s Unbuttoned, Jennifer Sey does the same to the corporate world.

Unlike the media and politicians and bureaucrats so locked into money and power, these whistleblowers and all other such curious cats were chasing after truth.

Unfortunately, we live in an age and a land where the truth has been relegated to my truth. When someone says, “Your truth is not my truth,” they reveal themselves to be ignorant of the word’s meaning.

Our Founders understood truth. When signing the Declaration of Independence, where they pledged “to each other Our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor,” they declared “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” They didn’t pledge their honor and lives to “our truths,” but to truth.

To seek out the truth derives from curiosity. To wonder at the long closure of our public schools, for instance, as Levi’s executive Jennifer Sey did, and to see the damage done by those policies lit the bonfire of anger and frustration that led Sey to push for reopening the schools, a crusade that cost her an appointment as Levi’s CEO.

Curiosity killed her job prospects and a handsome severance package, but Sey has no regrets. Speaking the truth has that effect on people.

Let’s end with another old saw involving felines: “While the cat’s away, the mice will play.”

So will the rats.

And the only way to rid ourselves of those rodents is by seeking out and holding fast to what is true.

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