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Monday, October 18, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 55 – Questions

Questions are the backbone from which we develop our knowledge and information. Questions are pretty much doubts and uncertainties about the truth or factuality or existence of something. They relate to curiosity and wondering and allow humans to discover more about themselves and the world around them in attempts to lead the way for a better future. These questions are used usually when you have a lack of knowledge and by doing so it means you have taken the initiative and shown the drive to want to learn more on your own time. Sometimes the tactic of asking questions even though you already know the answer is employed in several situations. It is a method to test the one providing the answer to observe what their response is and compare it to the knowledge you have already previously developed. Another type of questioning comes in the form of interrogations. It is when you question others in order to achieve some desired outcome or answer. Your questions in these cases don’t have to ask for facts but also personal opinion and perspectives in order to find out what exactly is going on and relate accordingly. In order to find the “right” answer you are looking for, it is imperative that you ask the right question. Phrasing and wording are important factors involved in the process of trying to receive the answer you are seek. In interviews you won’t receive the desired response unless you can set a basis from which you build upon the questions you’ve asked until it reaches a final answer. The main importance of questions is that they are an imperative part of learning more about the world and improving society as well. We’ve all heard the saying that there aren’t really any stupid questions and I agree with this. The only thing I have to say is that I believe questions can be construed as stupid when they have little to no relevance to the current subject at hand. The only stupid things about questions is if you ask the same ones over and over again because that means you won’t learn from the answers you’ve been given thus you won’t be able to progress and improve your life.

-Allan Nicholas

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