Answers and questions

The point of a question is to get an answer. That’s obvious, right; questions generate answers. But what’s less obvious is the reverse; answers should generate questions. And a lot of the time, they don’t. A lot of the time, that’s where we let the cycle end. We ask a question, get an answer, and move on to something else. We allow the flame of curiosity to be snuffed out.

But really, the cycle of question-answer should be self-sustaining. We should ask a question, get an answer, then ask questions about that answer, and so on ad infinitum. 

That’s what curiosity does on its most basic and primitive level: it sustains the cycle. It causes us, not only to ask questions, but to ask questions about the answers we receive. 

That’s how we keep moving and penetrate to the core, to the essence of an issue. Every round of question-answer, answer-question takes us one millimetre closer to the centre of the metaphorical earth.