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Curiosity and passion of others

Curiosity and passion of others

These editorial illustrations were published in the magazine Influencia on an article about the double aspect of curiosity and the question of boundaries that comes with it.
The good side of curiosity echoes our desire of adventure and our need to explore uncharted territories. A condition which develops early in childhood, becoming the key that allows us to confront the unknown.
In opposition to this, curiosity can also be noxious and of “sad passions” according to Spinoza, leading to the trampling of the intimacy of others, feeding one’s negative passions and culminating in voyeurism. Social media can pander to this abolition of boundaries between the private and the outside world, and strongly question our narcissistic need to have our existence validated by others.
Are we really so curious of the other who exposes their personal life? Or are we watching by way of envy and mimetic projection, what the Other glorifies within our egocentrism?