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I apologize for sounding too dogmatic. It was not what I was aiming at. I wasn't trying at teach history, but I was referring at the general acceptance of curiosity as a "bad thing," which is so deeply radicated inside our language that even in everyday speaking we refer to it in a negative way.
informal Getting too nosy may lead a person into trouble
-- Barrons Handbook of Commonly Used American Idioms
Curiosity killed the cat -- excessive curiosity can lead one into trouble. A common rebuke by mothers to their offspring
-- The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms
- Too much curiosity lost Paradise
It doesn't do to be too curious or inquisitive
-- The MacMillan Dictionary of English Proverbs Explained
- Curiosity killed the cat --
See also, in the same vein, Why does curiosity kill?, where there are also some more interesting quotes:
The “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” (1996) by Gregory Titelman states: “An overly inquisitive person is likely to get hurt."
- Saint Augustine recorded in ‘Confessions’ (397) the story of a curious soul who wondered what God did in the eons before creating heaven and earth. ‘He fashioned hell for the inquisitive,’
- in the nineteenth century, Lord Byron in ‘Don Juan’ (1818) roundly condemned the curious with ‘I loathe that low vice curiosity.’
Please notice that it's not my intention to throw mud at the Church or any other authority. I am just commenting on the social aspect of this concept.
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