What do you think: Is there such a thing as a “stupid” question?
Any answer you might give to this question is going to be subjective.
Here’s mine: Yes, but…
Such as “but it’s a matter of opinion” or “but it’s better to ask a stupid question than to pretend you know the answer”.
I mean, technically and subjectively, stupid questions do exist. Because stupid people exist.
I’m going to resist the temptation I have to be sarcastic and come up with examples of stupid questions here.
Question-askers ought to be encouraged. Nobody should feel they can’t ask questions in any given situation. Questions lead to answers, and answers fill up our tanks of knowledge. Isn’t that what we all want in this life, to gain knowledge?
What one thinks is a stupid question, another is seeking the answer. It may not just be the question-asker; it could be one or more people within earshot of the question. It is both unhelpful and unkind to share our opinion with the asker that the question is stupid. It doesn’t move things forward and it doesn’t engender trust in the person being asked the question.
It shuts curiosity down.
I will stick with the technically incorrect yet kinder, gentler school of thought that “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” as I believe my opinion on the intelligence of a question anyone asks of me is much less important than respecting others and fostering meaningful, loving, and trusting relationships.
Simple as that.
Now, the questions I ask in this series (which began with this post) may be considered silly or odd, but I aim to avoid judging any of them as “stupid”. As I hope you, my smart readers, will avoid as well. Go ahead and school me if you will, but please be nice about it.
I’m a student, folks, and my purpose in that role is to ask questions so that I can learn. If through my posing, pondering, and answering them, I can manage to enlighten any of you out there along the way, all the better.
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