Everyone is born with a brain. Not just humans, in fact every living creature. Since that is so, it doesn’t take having a brain to be intelligent. I question many things, to learn the reasons behind them. I understand there are some things that don’t have reasons but especially topics related to medical, historical and religion I like to know “Why?” I also have the same question especially when I’m learning about people’s personal philosophies. I feel it helps me get to know them better and learn new things. I absolutely love learning new things.
Here is the philosophy I pose to ask you: Is asking questions and learning new things essential to be intelligent and informed? Is it ridiculous to want the answers behind reasons? I am not married nor do I have children right now. But if and when those things do happen, I’ve decided when a child asks ‘Why’ the answer isn’t ‘Because I said so’ or ‘Just because’ but the real reason. I hate that children are treated that way and I remember hearing that every now and then when I was growing up. I still recall how insulted and embarrassed I felt. If I wanted to know why, what made that so bad?
My personal belief is not to believe everything you hear. Why- because, don’t you want to know the reasons for what you believe in? If Dr. Phil or Dr. Laura says something, does that make it true? I love all of the great Doctors, Advice columnists and experts out there- so many great ideas and philosophies. However, that does not mean that a single person in a specialty field is the go-to God of everything every time. When I hear the ideas and philosophies from those folks I listen, consider what they say and weigh it out. I ask myself what I think of it and try to figure out if the advice they give makes sense and if there is solid researched it’s founded upon.
I’d like to know what everyone’s thoughts on this are. Is asking questions the secret to intelligence? Do you think it is a waste of time to think about things too much or is it beneficial? How do you come up with your belief system, do you have solid reasons for your values or do you practice them due to trends or people you know? I think it’s fundamentally part of being confident in who we are to know the answers to ‘why’s of everything we practice, preach and think.