Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Ask questions, unless you are a vegetable

"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted."
- Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell was a prime example of curmudgeonliness. He questioned everything. He often came up with faulty results. But he kept questioning anyway. He probably learned more in his lifetime that 99.99 percent of his contemporaries.

He was right about asking questions, especially to do with matters we take for granted. Things we accept as givens can be taken away. A high divorce rate is a good example of why continuing to ask questions about what we would otherwise take for granted is important.

Another subject where we should ask questions is our belief system. Beliefs are something we come to take for granted unless we refresh our commitment to them once in a while. Asking questions about our beliefs brings them to the forefront of our minds, thus increasing our interest in and commitment to them.

New information arises often on things related to our religions. Archaeology produces artifacts and evidence that either support or refute stories in our holy books. These deserve to be addressed unless we are prepared to accept beliefs based on non-existent or false "evidence" that we were taught before provable facts came to light.

It all comes down to "Who am I?" When we continue to ask questions about ourselves and about how we relate to the world around us, we grow because we understand more about the complexity of it all.

The more we ask questions and actively seek their answers, the more likely that the true answers will appear through what seems to be chaos.

The alternative is to not ask questions and remain ignorant about who we are and why we are on this planet. There is nothing good about ignorance. Unless you are a vegetable.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to turn you on as to what life is about and how you fit into it.
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