Questions, Answers, and Political Divisions

Tony Robbins said, “The quality of your questions determines the quality of your life.” It is such a beautiful idea, but what happens when questions are not allowed?

We live in a world where everything from food, freedom of religion and speech, and what can go into a person’s body has become political. If you find yourself in the minority, your freedom is at stake, your ability to make a conscientious decision becomes limited and can even be taken away. And your questions? Questions to those on the opposite end of the spectrum are frowned upon, condescended, and even censored. No one wants to live under a tyrant, and yet many of us have no problem tyrannizing those who dare disagree with us.

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.

Richard Feynman

Are the days of open dialogue gone? Do we no longer try to understand the differences of others? It is far easier to shut down the voices opposition than it is to come to an amiable solution. Rather than have a moral backbone, would it be preferable to go over to the majority where there is less opposition? Rather than trying to formulate the questions that determine the quality of our lives, should we only rely on the answers given to us that cannot be challenged?

I am not saying that one side is right and the other is wrong. What I am saying is that we should do the research and try to come up with the questions that can lead to improvement. We might not be able to find the answers now, but at least we are willing to seek them out.

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Your Questions

When you go to your doctor, you want her to ask the right questions. In fact, you should be very concerned if your doctor is not asking you the right questions. If she is not asking the right questions, it would be prudent on your part to find a new doctor. It just might save your life.

Do you ever think about the questions people are asking? Are they asking to learn? Are they trying to solve the problem at hand or get a better understanding? A person’s questions are going to tell you a lot about them. And if they are not asking questions, that should be a concern as well.

Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers. –Voltaire

We are not supposed to be judgmental of others, but we need to consider the questions they are asking. Why are they not asking the right questions? Is it because you are not clear in the information you are giving them? Do they not care? Or is it a matter of competency?

What about your questions? Are you asking the right ones? As Tony Robbins says, “The quality of your questions determines the quality of your life.” If you want to improve the quality of your life, start with the questions you are asking yourself? Remove the, “I wish I was ____,” and ask what you need to do to get where you want to go. Once you can start asking the right questions, you can start working on the solutions.