“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”
The quote above is actually a Chinese proverb and it provides us with a very simple, yet very profound lesson: ask questions. Consider the curiosity of a child, gazing upon the world with wide-eyed wonder. Why do butterflies have wings? Why is the sky blue? What is sushi? Where does the sun go at night?
And it is through these questions that they can gain a better understanding of the world around them. They don’t know, so they ask. Why is it, then, that adults can oftentimes shy away from asking questions and asking the right questions? Social pressures may intimidate someone, not wanting to look ignorant among his or her peer group.
But that’s exactly the thing. If you don’t ask the question and the conversation continues, your ignorance will only intensify. Believe it or not, you’re allowed not to know something. Just remember to ask. Then, you’ll know. And then you will be better equipped to spread this knowledge to others.
Now that 2012 has arrived, many of us may be taking on some new year’s resolutions. Some may aim to reduce debt or to lose weight, but we can all strive to learn something new every day. And learning always begins with a question. Don’t be a fool. Ask questions.
Happy new year!