As I flipped the first pages of the Maddadam, I was very interested on the Crakers’ behaviour. Based on the first two books, the Crakers are the perfect creatures for the next generations. Therefore, everything about them is considered perfect and they possess the characteristics that will supposedly lead to better generations. As I read how the author described the Crakers in the first few pages, I learnt that they were actually very curious creatures. Since the second book, they seemed curious but I wasn’t certain until I started reading the Maddadam which confirmed my hypothesis. In fact, the Crakers asks about everything and follow whoever they want out of curiosity. For example, in the Cobb House, when Croze went to bed, he was followed by some of the Crakers because they were curious. To me, it feels like their ways of acting is purely from curiosity as they have just arrived in their world.
With that being said, since Crake said the Paradice Project was to produce perfect humans. I was wondering if curiosity is considered perfect. After reading a few articles, I found an interesting quote stating:
“Curiosity is a double-edged sword with many benefits, but also a dark side.” (Bergland, C., 2016)
Personally, I agree with this claim because in general; we think it is a good thing to be curious since all babies need that characteristics to develop practical reasoning in the future. But, I also think that curiosity also has a bad side just like a double-edged sword. For example, I am sure everyone can relate that there was one time in your life that you had wished you didn’t heard something. This is just a small example but it can also be very dangerous. For example, if you overheard that your friend is a murderer and you start acting scared with that person. Afterwards, when that friend learns that you know his true identity because of you overhearing his true identity from someone else, he will eventually get rid of you right? On the other hand, if you acted normal and assumed him as a regular friend, everything could have been prevented as the murderer have no reason to kill you.
Finally, I think curiosity is essential in life but too much curiosity? I don’t think so.
Bergland, C., 2016. Curiosity, the Good, the Bad, and the Double-Edged Sword, Psychology Today.