Text: Matthew 18:21-35
“There is no such thing as a dumb question.” How many times have you heard that line in your life? Teachers, especially, are fond of using this phrase but it has a shelf life way beyond the classroom. The quote comes from Carl Sagan’s work, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. The full quote goes like this: “There are naïve questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question.”
It seems that this quote has divided people into two camps: those that truly believe there is no such thing as a dumb question and those who challenge that thinking and say that, indeed, there are dumb questions. The latter group suggests that there are three types of questions that fall into the category of dumb questions.
- Those questions that have already been answered, but the asker wasn’t listening or paying attention.
- Questions that can be answered with a scant amount of research and less than a minute of time.
- Questions of which the answer should be painfully obvious to any person with a pulse who has lived on this earth for more than a decade.
(Mandy Feder, Ink Out Loud) [Read more…]