Asking the right questions

Our problem is not that we want to know the answer, the problem is that we do not know the right questions”- Kamlesh Mishra (Goodreads)

As a child, I was fascinated by an Indian TV series- Hatim. The story revolved around Prince of Yemen, Hatim. He accepts a challenge from the demon king. In search of 7 answers in 7 months, he travels to unknown lands with strange people and faces many difficulties. The most fascinating part of the story according to me was that he did not start with all 7 questions in mind. Every answer led to the next question. The 7 answers were 7 lessons that the questions were trying to teach.

Slowly and gradually, I realized that life was not very different from the story. Barring the magic that was used in the story, everything about the series reflected the reality of life.

Most of us consider school to be the only source of learning. Once we complete our schooling, we consider ourselves to be learned. Thereafter we tend to become a little rigid towards learning. When we come across any situation in life which is beyond our school education, or, against our planning, we tend to blame other people or life itself. We start feeling that life is biased. It is good for some people and cruel towards others. Very few of us realize the reality.

Most of the time we are stuck up on one question ‘why’- why am I facing such problems? What we never ask is how do I get out of this situation? The process of going from ‘why’ to ‘how’ is the way of teaching opted by life. But since we never get to that question, we never learn from life. We stand rigid by our perceptions and refuse any opportunity offered by life.

At last, I would like to quote Bruce Lee’s saying- “A wise man will learn from foolish questions, but a foolish man will not learn from wise answers”.

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Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

13 thoughts on “Asking the right questions

  1. Asking good questions in school is more important than memorizing all of the answers. If students were encouraged to think and taught this way, the transition to adult life would be easier. Sruti, your post is very well-written and addresses an important topic. I enjoyed reading it. Take care. Cheryl

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    1. Thankyou Cheryl. This is so true. Unfortunately many times the schools focus on completing the course and marking the child based on how well he can memorize and not on how well he can analyse. Glad you liked it. Take care

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