Repost: The Potential that Lies in a Question

“…every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.” Elie Wiesel Night

A question can be significantly more important than the answer.  If we don’t question we naturally assume the “truth” we are presented with is just that,

the truth.

Then acceptance leads to manipulation and ultimately, for lack of a better term,

mush for brains.

When we question we inquire.  We show inquisitiveness and don’t just sit through life passively like dough waiting to rise.  Questioning means we’re alive.  It means we have an opinion.  It means cures for cancer.  World peace.  Nobel prizes.

Questions mean change.  To respectfully challenge the status quo is our responsibility as human beings.  It encourages accountability.

Creativity.

Logic.

Three things I see lacking in the world. And sometimes in my own immediate vicinity.

We need to encourage inquiry in others and most importantly in ourselves.  To not be afraid of throwing out a “why” and to be equally unafraid of catching one.  We need to cultivate genuine inquisitiveness in ourselves.  An excitement for learning. Sometimes a difficult thing to do through the exhaustion of the day that is filled with work and obligation.

But the excitement someone builds in herself about the process or even the mere probability of acquiring knowledge

is infectious.

How often do we see a friend learning to and successfully remodeling her own home, or acquiring a new language, or training for a new job.   And we think “I could do that.”

But we leave it there.

What we should be saying is “I want to do that and I will.”

Then go out and make it happen.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s