A – Z
I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty six from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/
Q is for QUESTION
“Have you stopped beating your wife?”
Don’t answer that…you lose either way.
Are we there yet?
We start questioning as youngsters and parents everywhere feel their heads spinning. Especially when they here, “Why?” And the poor kid usually hears, “Cause I said so.”
Questioning things is such a beautiful part of growing up.
As a salesman I learned to never ever ask a question that can be answered yes or no. It’s a good rule for anyone who truly wants to help someone because no information can be gathered with a yes or no answer. A salesman learns two types of questions, alternative and open end. Opened end questions allows one to gather information. “Can you tell me about your musical background?” “What kind of music would you like to learn to play?”
Alternative questions are very simple. No matter how you answer you’ve just bought my product. “Would you like that delivered tomorrow morning or Tuesday afternoon?” “Do you like the red one or the blue one?”
Sometimes we ask questions to make a polite request. “Would you please pass the salt?”
“Will you marry me?” I guess those two or slightly different polite requests.
Investigators and journalists learn to use the “Five Ws.”
Who, What, Where, When and Why? (They also have to ask “How?”)
After our parents and teachers have done their best we find our brain is loaded with information about the way the world works. We have been given many answers.
How do they fit with the information you have now gathered in your lifetime?
Have you thought about:
“Why are we here.”
“Is our Universe real?”
“Why is there something rather than nothing?”
“Do we have free will?”
“Is there life after death?”
“Does God exist?”
“Can you really experience anything objectively?”
“What is the best moral system?”
In the “Grapes of Wrath” Tom Joad gives a good reason to question things.”
He said, ” You’re bound to get ideas if you go thinking about stuff.”
THE BEST WAY TO THINK ABOUT STUFF IS QUESTIONING.
Socrates made questioning the way to make us think about things. His so called “Socratic Method” was simply questioning everything.
For me, understanding the meaning of words is important. I look them up, I don’t guess at the meaning. Sometimes there are many meanings for big words.
I suggest look up those meanings too.
Let’s do an example.
Do you know the meaning of these important words?
Good, now we have four important words, words that represent actions and attitudes to beware of in people, don’t you agree?
Final question: (and I ask this in all humbleness and sincerity)
How could anyone elect someone to the Presidency of the United States, the most powerful, important job in the world, who is a Narcissistic, Machiavellian, Misogynistic Psychopath?