Here's a rather long quote from 'Tribes' by seth godin (hope you like it):
A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to his religion before he explores it. As opposed to a curious person who explores first and then considers whether or not he wants to accept the ramifications .
A curious person embraces the tension between his religion and something new, wrestles with it and through it, and then decides whether to embrace the new idea or reject it.
Curious is the key word. It has nothing to do with income, nothing to do with education, and certainly nothing to do with organised religion. it has to do with desire to understand, a desire to try, a desire to push whatever envelope is interesting. Leaders are curious because they can't wait to find out what the group is going to do next. the changes in a tribe are what are interesting, and curiosity drives them.
Curious people count. not because there are a lot of them, but because they"re the ones who talk to people who are in a stupour. they're the ones who lead the masses in the middle of the stuck. the masses in the middle have brainwashed themselves into thinking it's safe to do nothing, which the curious can't abide.
it's easy to underestimate how difficult it is for someone to become curious. for seven, ten, or even fifteen years of school, you are required to not be curious. over and over again the curious are punished.
i don't think it's a magic word;' boom' and then suddenly something happens and you're curious. it's more about a five- or-ten-or fifteen- year process where you start finding your voice, and finally you begin to realise that the safest thing you can do feels risky and the riskiest thing you can do is play it safe.
once recognised the persistant voice of curiosity doesn't go away. ever. and perhaps it's such curiosity that will lead us to distinguish our own greatness from the mediocricity that stares us in the face.
what we're seeing is that fundamentalism really has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with an outlook, regardless what your religion is.