You don’t learn unless you question

A little whiteboard wisdom posted at the office this morning.

However, in defence of philosophy, I feel obliged to argue that sometimes questioning without action is a critical and important action in and of itself — such as when action, directed without sufficient knowledge and perspective, would inflict greater harm than not doing anything at all. Wisdom, perhaps, is knowing when an action is necessary and when it is harmful. Wholesale approval of any action just because it has a token question mark attached in the footnotes is obviously dangerous. ‘Innovation’ in and of itself is neither good nor bad, but it can be the source of liberation or evil, depending on the innovator and context. But to practice this kind of on-going, active discernment, continued questions are quite imperative, and it is in this sense, I otherwise wholeheartedly agree with the whiteboard genie today.

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