The ability to question things is one of the greatest gifts that people are given. It is not a skill that I developed until recently in life but I think it should be one that our society encourages in all people, everywhere, all the time.
Why We Don’t Question Anything
For much of my life, I was conditioned to accept what authority symbols in my life told me. Our parents started us off by giving us the rules of how we were supposed to behave and the baton of behavioral instruction was passed to teachers and religious organizations who managed to move me toward a fear based existence. “Do what we say or you are wrong.” That was the mantra of society.
You learned young that if you questioned something you would pay the price of being evaluated poorly, a knock to self-esteem and it was clear conditioning, find the answers, and speak the ideas that you were told were right.
That would be followed by praise and reward. This is was easily transferable to the media and popular culture. We don’t question easily because we were taught that the repercussions of asking questions were most likely going to be painful and harmful to a young mind. So it is natural that we never question anything.
Main Stream Media Brainwash
We were taught through this process to believe what our authority sources tell us and as adults, we transfer that quite easily into listening to what the government tells us or even worse into what the media tells us to think about the government.
Our ability to reason and judge things based on their merit seems to be gone the way of the 8 track tape player. I hope that I am wrong but there seems to be a really strict and consistent idea of what questions it is OK to ask and which ones it is not.
We have been involved in a military conflict for a decade, yet nobody really questions why? If they do, then they have to face questions about their judgment, patriotism, political leanings and character flaws. It is our right as human beings, living on the earth to question everything.
Why Questions are So Important
Without the ability to question things, when change is needed it will be very slow in coming. The history of mankind is littered with examples of practices that people were told were good for them, that weren’t or were just plain wrong. These practices needed to be changed for the health of a person or a society. People used to believe that regular bathing was unhealthy, the world was flat, and the Earth was the center of the universe. Not to mention the accepted racial attitudes of just fifty to a hundred years ago. Question everything that comes into your life because to simply accept something is to perpetuate unfair and unjust practices.
I am grateful today that I live in a world where questions can be asked. With each question asked, the world moves closer to finding an answer to solve its problems. My hope is that more and more people will take the time to listen mindfully and honestly look at their own beliefs.