I came to this topic as a result of quite long and yet systematic approach. Today morning my mind was not very well tuned to the challenge of this day and especially the writing. I had not a topic in my mind that would interest me and honestly I did not have system in place to find one, even though I knew that deep down there had to be something.
Two clues I had to get a ahead. One was the traditional just do it, and just start typing. Yeah, I use that a lot. Another thing that came to my mind, instead of asking google or just writing about some boring topic, how about try to organize some of my thoughts in to some form of connections i.e. mind map.
Mind mapping certainly helped, I find that the boring, automatic thoughts popped up first. I did not really want to write about this. And as I pushed myself a bit, I finally got a breakthrough, I realized there were some questions I was curious about and to which I would very much like to have an answer, so why not to write about those?
Questions were like what does actually separate financially well off entrepreneur from let’s say monastic monk in character wise? Who has the right to argue that they are superior? What makes justifies as a ‘correct’ or ‘real work’? Why do some people deem some work more important than others?
Flood of this kind of questions filled my mind… A lot of my thoughts recently have been around the legitimacy (or righteousness) of our own actions. What gives us actually right for something?
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” – Leo Tolstoy
Bigger theme or a method how to construct something more out of mere flood of questions began to shape in my mind. I think I could start using this more often, perhaps I’ve even used it already without being fully conscious about it. However, the big thing is to indeed ask, what I am currently interested about learning more and then to just recall and construct the necessary questions out of that. Questions are the next step ahead, because without question there is no answer either.
“In order to ask a question you must already know most of the answer.” – Robert Sheckley
Questions yet might not provide the satisfaction for our curiosity, but the answers do for a fleeting moment at least. Once we’ve the right questions, we can finally break it down into an answer.
“All our knowledge results from questions, which is another way of saying that question-asking is our most important intellectual tool.” – Neil Postman