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Live the Questions Now

On May 30, 2011 Conrad wrote:

Thanks much Viral for the opportunity to respond.  Questions often lead us to growth.  Excessive questioning, however, may arise from our desire to be certain.  Richard Rohr states that wanting to be certain is our original sin/mistake.  I agree. Accepting "what is" helps us accept uncertainty.  Knowing that I don't know and understanding that I do not understand have been helpful for me.  As it is natural to know, so is it natural to "not know."


Schools and universities could help students become more educated, as opposed to being primarily trained for jobs, when they allow students to freely explore what students find remarkable, interesting, and important  (in an ungraded atmosphere).  Noticing that training is surpassed by self-directing learning can lead us to noticing, as Shunryu Suzuki says;  we are not one and not two.


Kahlil Gibran's idea: "If the teacher is indeed wise, he is not bid you to enter the house of wisdom, but rather, leads you to the threshold of your own mind" is worth considering.  Now is the only time one can have a question.  Now is the only time one can accept uncertainty and understand that one does not understand.

As Robert Pirsig asks:  “And what is good Phaedrus, and what is not good; need we ask others to tell us these things?"

With much gratitude to all.


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