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I remember in my school days, I was used to be a guy who never asks any question after the teachers finish a chapter. Not only me, but 10 out of 9 students was also just like me only. And the one left are those who ask questions so that they can get good grades in the upcoming exams.

This situation gets even worse during college. Before exams, the only question we ask our professors is “What chapters we prepare so that we can clear the exams”. All boils down to just one reason: getting good grades.

First, they teach the answer and then they ask that similar question in the exam to see whether the candidate remembers the correct answer or not. This is not questioning.

From our childhood, no one, including our parents and “so-called” society, stopped us to ask too many questions. Because according to them asking someone a question can offend the other person. It’s a sign of disrespect.

But they are forgetting the fact that,

All the greatest discoveries, from the innovation of light bulb to the everyday computer we use, from the Gutenberg printing press to the small pen we use to write our ideas,

exists only because of questioning.

The real questioning challenges you to think, to explore a new way, a new answer, a new perspective to see things that are not been stored in your memory.

By asking questions, we’ll be able to vote for the right candidate to serve us.

By asking the right questions, we’ll be able to find solutions to all the hard problems we never tried to touch.

Now, for this,

We have to make questioning a daily habit. If you watched a news report, question it. Verify from other sources. Go deep. And get to the truth.

Like this, try to use “?” more often in your everyday life. Don’t take this as a test. There’s no right and wrong answer.

Consider questioning as a chance to have deep interactions and for moving things forward. It’s a chance to learn things and change minds.

“Questioning leads to intelligence”

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