As apathetic and intellectually lazy as most humans are, we often stop short of informed, logical, and compassionate understanding. So far short that some common answers are the opposite. “This is as far as we’re exploring. We’ve got telly to watch now, so this answer will do.”
Incuriosity is a leading cause of many of the worst conditions on Earth: mediocrity, mass destruction, and not killing the cat, as the old saying infers. My canine companion is distressed by this, you can be certain.
It also helps explain why many thoughtful people caveat “My current understanding, subject to change as new information arises,…” when sharing their views. One can discern distinctions between an open response and a closed answer?
When people and groups seek money or power from the public, they need to please the majority of us who’ve agreed to stop being curious together on certain issues. Such agreements are called mass delusions.
If you irritate us by contesting these, you risk our support. Just be thankful we’re giving you the wheel of The Titanic, and do shut up until you intercom the dinner menu inclusive of water crackers, seaweed salad, saltwater cod, and iceberg lettuce.
Herd mentality is a vicious cycle: The ignorant don’t want to know, and any leader who does is terrified to tell us.
Answers are lazy, questions are industrious. Many answers leave so much undiscovered. Voilà: Voltaire (1694-1778), ’Judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers.’ They may have been more sexist in that time and place, yes?
Answers make lazy people happy, but you can never satiate a person possessing a sense of wonder. I wholeheartedly recommend steering clear of them, if you value peaceful quiet time and mass delusions.
Historically, some now really, really old people held an Inquisition, and were called Inquisitors. They were the early trendsetters ushering in today’s Decepticons on the Transformers. The Inquisitors arrested those suspected of questioning their religious answers, and tortured them to elicit confessions of such heresy. This was called “being put to the question”.
It’s an antique version of today’s religious right voters piously quizzing aspiring politicians as to their views on gay fetuses, aborted prayers, and keeping “IN GOD WE TRUST” on all those trillion dollar bills our government can’t borrow enough of.
Those having sincere questions on the other hand – mind you, a hand not forced into thumbscrews – are the inquisitive. Three cheers for the inquisitive, for they shall find ever better understanding of – and for – the world around us. But they shan’t inherit it, as I’m told that’s for the meek. Whom we wish luck with the repairs after we’re done with it.
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