Monday, December 05, 2016

Advent: Inquire

If asking is polite and to question is to challenge something, then inquiring means you're in for the long haul. No pat answers will suffice, and no brushoffs will work. Anyone can answer a question. Real wisdom is shown in the questions that we ask.

It takes time and patience, both to frame the question properly and to understand the answer in all its nuance -- not just for how it settles the old inquiry, but for the new lines of inquiry that it will launch upon the seas of wonder.

Knowledge and understanding are not something we gain; they are journeys we take, oceans we will sail all our lives and hopefully long afterward. The odyssey changes us in ways we can never appreciate at the time, but it's always worth it.

Copyright © 2016 by David Learn. Used with permission.

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