Good questions

Four Questions Buddha Refused to Answer

"In the realm of human destiny, the depth of man's [sic] questionings is more important than his answers."
    --Andre Malraux

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers."
    --Thomas Pynchon

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
    --James Thurber

"You confuse two things: solving a problem and stating a problem correctly. It is only the second that is obligatory for the artist."


Wonder is often held up as a — if not the — central aspect of Speculative Fiction.

In Nonviolent Communication, a sense of wonder, and genuine curiosity, are seen as integral to empathy. It's also relevant in the distinction between request and demand: Am I really wondering whether this other person wants to do what I ask? Am I pursuing whatever strategy as an inquiry, without attachment to outcome? One can also seen it in seeking a clear observation: Am I inquiring 'deeply' out into what happened concretely in the world that I am responding to? Am I openly seeking something that I and the other(s) involved agree on?

An interesting exercise would be to be present with empathy with someone, and speak only by guessing what inquiry is alive in them.

A couple of specific questions

What's the most powerful question i could ask right now? (see recursion)

Imagine that it's many years in the future, and all that you most wish for now has come to pass. What did you do back in 2006, or 2013, toward bringing that future present into existence?

More quotes

"If you do not want to learn, then do not ask questions, especially not of yourself."

"I say with my own authority that if you go on questioning without accepting anybody's answer, including mine, by and by you will find that the answer is not found but the question disappears."
    --Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"I know I have not found the answers to all of my questions. The answers I have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways I am as confused as ever, but I believe that I am confused on a higher level and about more important things."

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