A Haiku - Questions
A Haiku - Questions
Questions make us think.
Answers can follow just one.
Some are right, some wrong.
Good questions may have many possible answers, some right, some less so. Few can be answered with a simple "Yes" or "No."
Where would you like to go on vacation this year?
In answer to that question, I could reply, "I want to go to a national park." Or, I could reply that I am not quite sure. Or I could reply with several possibilities. Etc.
Good questions (more so than poor questions) are likely to elicit serious responses. "Who do you think is responsible for the fighting in The Ukraine?" "Who would you like to see campaigning for the presidency in 2016?" "Will you marry me?"
Admittedly, questions such as that last one can sometimes be answered with a simple "Yes" or "No". though in that particular case either a ready answer has already been weighed, or a serious, thoughtful response is certainly called for.
Twice in my life I have written collections of random questions in hopes that others pondering and replying with answers might shed a bright light on the nature of the persons replying to the questions.
Politicians are renowned for answering carelessly crafted questions with the sort of double talk that is intended to please everyone, or evade any direct answer.
You and I will meet many people in the next 24 hours. We will know some of them very well, or at least think we do; others will be complete strangers.
Asking them questions will provide opportunities to get to know them better, or at least to know something about them.
But without using at least one question, we will not gain any insights from the answer or two they might have provided.
Perhaps that is what was really meant by "Ask and ye shall receive."
What is a good conversation without questions?
© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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