What is the question?
It’s another day of drowning ourselves into the abyss of information before us, absorbing the sensory feed, processing, and what remains is virtually nil. Ready-to-process answers to standard questions are perpetually pushed towards us through the media bombardment around us. Our minds desperately try to process these and make useful sense of them, unable to avoid the relentless bombardment. Then they attempt in vain to make useful links to our real life dilemmas from this information. Any truly useful piece of information is lost among the junk or goes unnoticed due to the sheer volume. Then, we are left with nothing, another wasted minute, another wasted hour, another wasted day…
They have a cool term for this in computer programming: “Garbage in, garbage out”. This isn’t the way to make sense of our lives, I’m telling you. We are curious creatures by nature. When presented with a challenge, we are relentless. When we notice something truly interesting, we do everything we can to understand and figure it out. And most of us just waste away all that potential and energy with fun yet unrewarding daily musings. And how can anybody blame us? We have been told all our lives that it’s cool to be ordinary and average. Don’t even our superheroes aspire to be “normal”?
Then again, why should you care? If you’re sick and tired of that suffocating feeling from filling your life with copycat activities, emulated sensations, and that constant “busy” mode with your life sliced and diced into easily consumable portions, perhaps you should. Don’t know where to start? It all starts with being truly honest to yourself and challenging yourself by asking simple questions… until you start asking the right questions. Progress started with simple questions like “What are those blinking lights in the night sky?”, “Why do objects fall down?”, “How come do I have two hands and ten fingers?”, “When will I die?”, “Where does the world end?” Newton’s question led him to invent physics and Magellan’s to the ends of the earth. Neo’s question drove him to the source code and the soul of the Matrix, while Hamlet’s sent him to the depths of his own soul. Do you think it was less of a challenge to kill that first mammoth than to send a man on the moon?
No matter how big or small, it is the question that challenges, defines and drives us forward. The moment we ask the right question, the answer (no matter how complex, how difficult to reach, how impossible it seems, or how much soul probing it requires) becomes irrelevant. It becomes irrelevant because sooner or later we (or someone else) will eventually find the answer.
So, tell me… What is your question?