What Curious George teaches us about life

Curious George would just be your typical everyday George if he wasn’t so damn curious all the time. But that’s exactly the reason why he stands out from everyone else, aside from him being the only monkey that doesn’t have a tail for reasons I cannot fathom (perhaps he’s an ape?). CG’s (Curious George’s) adventures result in a variety of ways ranging from good deeds to irreversible mischiefs with a little unpredictability on the side. Yet there’s an underlying value in each and every one of those adventures. And just like Aesop’s Fables, there’s a lesson we can learn from each one of them, big or small. However, I will only talk about the lessons that govern the entire show; lessons that show the bigger picture. 

The little monkey’s creators, Marget and H.A. Rey, fled their Paris home on bicycles in 1940 as Nazis invaded the city, taking little more than the clothes they had on their backs and the illustrated manuscripts that would become Curious George (fatherly.com). In 1941, Curious George was published by Houghton Mifflin. Nearly 80 years later, after the release of that first book, CG is an icon. He hasn’t changed. There have been books, shows, movies, and even video games, but CG has remained a constant. He doesn’t need to change, only to explore more of a changing world.

CG is hungry for knowledge, and educators know that kids almost invariably are as well. According to edlab.tc.columbia.ed, kids naturally learn better and faster than adults as well as being more creative. One reason for that would probably have to deal with the amount of curiosity they have about the world around them. Since curious is George’s name (literally), he is practically the epitome of curiosity. Does that mean that CG would be one of the smartest as well? Not necessarily. Otherwise CG wouldn’t constantly get into trouble (unless he’s doing it intentionally just to piss people off). However, there is a possibility that there could be a correlation between curiosity and intelligence but I don’t really want to go down that rabbit hole so we’ll leave it at that. 

So what can CG teach us about life? Simple, it’s this: never stop exploring. Never be satisfied with what you think you know because for all we know, we might not truly know anything, you know? Curiosity didn’t kill the cat (because he’s stuck on the tree remember?) for how can we know what truly killed the cat? We need curiosity to survive. CG also taught us that there is an adventure around every corner so we shouldn’t be afraid to take chances (we only have one life right?) because who knows where we’ll end up. Of course, there’s a boundary that we shouldn’t cross when it comes to curiosity. That’s where The Man with the yellow hat (yes that is his real name) comes into play and guides CG from what’s right and what’s wrong. In other words, we each need a mentor that will guide us in the path that is destined for us. It’s our job to find one that’s best suitable for us.

 Keep learning, keep exploring, and stay curious. The world is big and we can be just as big as long as our brain is functioning. The profundity of Curious George is one that applies to every one of us in every fleeting moment.