Do you want to have a society that master all knowledge and science? Beware, it may need to sacrifice its critical thinking.
When a society is so intelligent and knowledgeable that it can answer all questions;
when people only want their children to excel in class, to do the assignment very well, to answer all final exam perfectly, and to win prestigious science competition;
when in that society, raising question is only for the un-knowledgeable and doing so is considered “stupid”;
when they only praise and consider those who done all the things well as “smart” and “genius”;
it might, in return, loses its ability to raise a question.
It is a good habit, in respect to those who consider these practices as a priority in life, since it indicates our excellence. However, it is merely about answering question, following instruction, and to some extent, competing. It undermines the very nature of human: to reason, to be critical, to question. Human is born with their pure curiosity, thirst of knowledge, question why universe exists and works the way it does. So, why when human grows older, they stop asking question and being critical? Why we prioritize to compete in knowing best? Do we think we know all we thought we knew? Do we think all we believe is the Truth? Or it is socially constructed for us to believe as the Truth? Who says so?
Questioning is not stupid. Not just because we do not know the answer, then we ask question, we are merely un-knowledgeable. Questioning signifies that our logic works to reason, to criticize the truth delivered to us; that our mind go beyond what is on the table, to seek the underlying meaning of something we read and listen. In other words, those who do not ask question, are lack of these.
Then, maybe, beyond our common comprehension, those who raise question are more knowledgeable that those who only answer.Tags: question, reasoning, society, the pusparaniology