So after all the beautiful posts on art and the depthy exploration of the concept I have yet another question for you:

So far in my life I seem to run into 2 different schools of people. The first is the person who believes in “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” This is the policy of “analysis is paralysis” and to ask to many questions is to pin yourself in. The second is the person who believes that asking is the whole purpose of life. The reason we have a mind that is more advanced than, say, a dog or a cat is to utilize it richly and fully. To allow every question to lead to yet another question.

I rage against the unknown, sometimes I don’t want to know why. But then it gets boring, so I ask again, “why?” I ask for more.


So when does it end? When do I find the answer? Is there an answer? If there was would I want to know?

It’s like playing a video game I already beat.


Add yours Comments – 70

  • David Hayes

    on September 13, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Asking questions is not a necessary part of learning. Listening, paying attention, reading, experiencing … they are all part of learning. Questions are used to clarify what you already know or explore new areas that you want to know more about.

    Old Joke:

    A girl goes to her Father and asks, “Daddy, why is the sky blue?” He thinks a while and says, “I don’t know.” The girl asks, “Why can’t penguins fly?” The man answers, “I don’t know.” She asks, “Daddy, why is it cold in the winter?” He thinks a while and says, “I don’t know.” So the girls says, “Daddy, I’m sorry for asking you all those silly questions.” The man answers, “Don’t apologize for asking questions and feel free to ask me anything. How do you expect to learn anything if you don’t ask questions?”

  • Ralph

    on September 13, 2008 at 8:33 am

    42……ok now with that being said i am a person that has to ask a question even if i already know the answer, i always want to know everything i can, i was the kid who asked why to anything and everything, i even asked why to the answers i had been given and i still do it to this day. I think as long as there are questions to ask there will be answers even if we can’t always find them.

  • Adi

    on September 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I think this stems from the fact that humans tend to think they are capable of knowing absolutely everything, even though we are only the most intelligent species on ONE planet.

    For those who say Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, they understand the limitation of humans in understanding absolutely everything, and as such don’t want to be bogged down by what may essentially be an impossible answer for us to comprehend. And if it is so, it tends to frustrate us, and that school of people do not wish to be frustrated.

    On the flipside, however, these people often overestimate what Humans can and cannot understand and thus would have a tendency to not stretch their potential far ENOUGH.

    As for those who believe life’s meaning is to understand all questions, they wish to find the limits of human understanding because finding that is in itself one of the top ultimate questions in life.

    The con of this however is that in this search to find the end of human potential, they spread themselves too thin, and go off on tangents or don’t realize when they cannot go further for now.

    Both are opposite, but necessary views on how to proceed with life, as they balance each others tendencies for the sensible middle.

  • Smallvillekent

    on September 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    For us humans to keep on growing and learning in this crazy world we must ask questions. I know us guys do not like to ask for directions when driving but when you are lost asking can be priceless. Ask and learn.

  • shinefloyd / luigi

    on September 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    To The Friday Philosopher…
    comment number 44.

    Thank you Friday… I appreciate so much your kind words and your advice.
    You are right!!…
    all is ok… but sometimes I can’t ignore rude comments.
    You know… I speak only basic and elemental english language…. but I understand very good when the people are rude!!

    Thanks again my friend.
    best wishes from Shangri-La / Uruguay

  • arash

    on September 13, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    When we were kids, summer time me and my brother used to sleep on the roof at night (Once I got up in the morning with one hand hanging from the edge of the roof) My brother was 6 years older, I remember we used to stare at stars and One night I asked him;”where does the world end?” and then I tried to think about what it means for the world to have an ending, like a wall, but then what is behind the wall. So then the world doesn’t end? what does that mean? I know at some point in my life I gave up and started having ice cream. So I guess I am confirming what Adi just said. Now the questions I usually ask are the ones already answered, but I question them anyways.
    Birds and bees don’t question any thing and looks like they are having a lot of fun.
    If we live our life in persuit of happiness, do we really need a lot of philosophy to get there or ice cream will do it ? I have been living half and half so far not being sure.

  • Maria

    on September 13, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    “If we live our life in pursuit of happiness, do we really need a lot of philosophy to get there or ice cream will do it? I have been living half and so far not being sure.”

    I think that if we let our head be clouded with so much philosophy and we’re always thinking of the why and the what we lose so much time and energy in that that we forget that there is life around us and that we ,ourselves, have a life to live. Sometimes we should just focus on living and not so much on how we’re living.

    I mean, it’s ok to ask questions but the thing is not let ourselves be plagued by these questions so much that we question then EVERYTHING around us and we simply can’t enjoy life.

    I mean, if we find some happiness why question where or how it came?

  • Puffy

    on September 13, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    After some more thought I’ll add…..
    asking questions is only half the equation. You need to be ready to accept the answers, otherwise what was the point?

  • taylor nikole

    on September 13, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    very true puffy i agree….
    There were so many questions I had this past year…
    having to do with family problems etc.
    and I had to really prepare myself to be able to take the blow from the answers.
    Which,the answers really did hurt to hear…
    but was able to understand the situation and the ‘people’.
    sorry such a vague description….

    but I feel in life , answers won’t always be the ones you want them to be (if one at all) and they are inevitable, so why avoid them?
    With all the energy it takes to avoid or forget… can be used to prepare or accept.

  • jennygirl

    on September 13, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Oh my gosh…flavor of ice cream TOTALLY matters…almost as much as the order you stack your scoops on your double cone!!! ie:…mint chips should be on the bottom, and daquiri ice on the top (as mint chip is firmer than the other). And the colors match nicely. Even if the flavors don’t.

  • Darwin

    on September 13, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Jennygirl: A fountain *smiles* Of ice cream (and much other) wisdom!

    taylornikole: sounds likie you ahd a rough go of things! And yes, you are right…the whole accepting and moving forward thing is the best route…

  • Brittany

    on September 13, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Allison, Yes I have finally caught up! I’m definetly the type to ask questions. Sometimes I ask too many questions. But my teachers tell me that it’s good to ask questions and that I’m mostly the only one who does when I have trouble with something. (That’s what teachers are there for!) Did you happen to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Shakespeare? Well I’m writing a 5 paragraph essay on Helena a very narcisstic character. I need to proove that. Yes, I had to ask a lot of questions for that! Well goodnight! Britt XoXO MUCH SUPPORT AND LOVE!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 13, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Eh I guess you could say so….
    but the experience has only made me a stronger, more understanding person.
    and yes i think it is 🙂

  • Bouroux

    on September 13, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Allison.
    The automation.
    Why automation exist?
    The first time you do an action like walking, it requires a lot of concentration because during the process we examining each movement for not fall downdown. Thereafter our cerebellum takes over so that we end up doing the movement without asking a lot of questions. Developing automation in our everyday life is normal for working days in particular. I get up at 6 am, I leave for work at 7 am ….
    For our spare time, if we wants really to do a few things, automation are very useful. I will make sport when I have time. I risk getting find reasons not to do if I am not a subscriber and I have no timetable. With automatism, I can not ask the same question. Is what I have time, I’m in shape … and finally tell me another time.
    We live with automation that we create ourselves and with others. In our learning process we agree to guide us by others. We have confidence and then we validate and correct if necessary. When a person worthy of trust and admiration gives me advice, I do not ask a lot of questions.
    Benefiting from the experience of others to avoid many questions.
    As the process of asking questions all the time is tiring, we should use intelligently for things that are of importance to us.
    On Smallville.
    The memory of Chloe is the subject of spoilers. This is worrying because what distinguishes us from each other is our personality which is dependent on our memory.
    Chloe don’t have to change for the mythology.
    The mythology must welcome her as she is.

  • StephenK

    on September 14, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Re:21. “Allison You’re like a little 12 year old!”

    A childlike sense of wonderment and curiosity. I think it is very important to keep some of the little boy or girl inside of us alive. In many ways the little boy is the best part of me, he’s the most fun, he keeps me young.

    I find a woman that has kept a bit of the little girl alive to be very attractive. It is an indication that she has not become totally jaded. Unfortunately this quality disappears in most people as they age.

    I recently renewed a friendship with a 51 year old who looks at the world with a child’s eyes. His ‘art’ is mechanical, museum quality, historical. A very inspirational person.

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on September 14, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Well said StevenK.

  • AJ

    on September 14, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Alright, I’m still dying to know what kind of video games you play? What video game systems do you own? How often do you have time to play?

    Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons?

    These are my burning questions!

  • Jessica_M

    on September 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    It’s like Socrates said: “I only know that I know nothing”. First you need to recognize that you indeed don’t know it all in order to obtain more knowledge. And I believe that asking questions allows us to learn more about the world, more about life, more about the people around you, and therefore more about yourself. But even though you ask a million questions a day, you will never know it all, there will always be something unknown, but asking questions allows us to at least feel that we are achieving something and that we are learning a little bit more about life and about the world we live in. And it would be awesome if we utilized all that information and all the answers we get to make this world a better place for all of us to live in.

  • Emily

    on April 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I must first say that I am in a similar place. I ask questions, then try to live in the unknown, but I find that that’s never enough for me. I have a passion for learning, and I feel that one of the best ways to learn is to ask. How can one come to a complete understanding of something if they do not seek to understand? That’s what asking questions is to me.
    This world has progressed because of the people willing to ask questions and not ceasing in their quest for knowledge. Even when taking an introspective look into one’s own self you must ask questions. It’s the only way to better yourself and the world. Ask the questions and then find/accept the answers. On the other hand, taking a “don’t ask don’t tell” perspective can be just as useful (or healthy).
    I think it’s incredibly important to step back and marvel in all of the knowledge you already have. I find it hard to see beauty in the world if I am constantly searching for more. To be able to just sit back and enjoy what you know and see the beauty in it is essential in finding happiness.
    I think living life should be a quest for knowledge and happiness. I find that asking the questions, then taking a break to marvel and reflect on the answers is the best way for me to fully enjoy this life.
    That’s my take on the subject anyway 🙂

    Hope all is well!

  • Daniel_filipe

    on January 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    ok i know that this is really strange but i heard that you died allison
    so please tell me that thats not true or else i’m talking with a dead person