Quote Of The Day:
“Don’t just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read, teach them to question everything”
I still remember the good old school days where I used to have those silly doubts as to why 2+2 is only 4 and not 5 or maybe some sensible ones like why the kings in history fought even though they know they could not conquer the whole wide world.
I am sure we have gone through those silly, simple school days and wondered with a lot of curiosity until someone came to us and sternly warned us against asking ‘STUPID’ questions. And I guess that was when we realized that having so many questions was WRONG.
Well, there might be a lot of reasons as to why they would have said that, but then again something very important for us was being lost or being questioned from within was being lost.
- Is it so wrong to ask questions
- Should I know all the answers so that I will be considered smart?
- Is it so wrong to be actually a little stupid?
Well, those were innocent questions but today I think somewhere that the loss of growing up is losing that curiosity and the child like innocence about our lives. Today we don’t seem to have too many questions like
- Why does the society try to interfere in every little thing we do?
- If someone is rude to us or socially awkward, do I have to judge them or be curious about them?
- If something goes wrong with our lives – what does it mean? Does it mean that I am stupid or does it mean that I have to go an alternate way?
- Why should I be so afraid of taking a wrong decision in life?
I believe it is all in those questions. “Seek and you shall receive” say the religious texts, but none of them really tell you what you have to seek, what you want in life and why you want the same. All of them preach you to get somewhere, they tell you a moral code of conduct but they don’t let you question any of these and how they make an impact in your lives.
A part of us dies when we stop asking these questions. If there is any growth, the growth is in the shift in the quality of questions. The time we move from asking WHY ME? to WHAT CAN I DO BETTER? Or HOW CAN I USE THIS TO MY ADVANTAGE is real maturity and that is going to take you or me somewhere. We can’t afford to wallow about the wrong things that are happening in our lives, we can’t afford to ask the bad questions. The reason is pretty simple, if we ask bad questions, there is no way on earth that we are going to ger a good or a convincing answer.
More than merely asking questions, being a little conscious about the type of answers we are going to get when we ask those questions matter a lot. Ask those questions which can be beneficial to you than responding to the way things happen in life. It is your life and you are in charge of your life, no one else has a say in that.
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