Monday, June 18, 2007

Be stirred

Questions - when we are faced with them, we always seek answers. It may be that all questions do not have answers. Questions can be complete. They don’t need answers to make them whole. However, questions do demand answers.

Questions, even when there are no answers, are good for the soul. They drive us. They make us seekers after truth. We are pushed to the horizons. The boundaries are tested. Battles ensue. Thresholds are crossed. New knowledge is obtained. Perspectives are broadened. More questions follow… And the journey continues...

Despite the frustrating nature of questions, we should strive to embrace them and not avoid them. They should be accepted for what they are . They are not our enemies, but allies. They challenge us and cajole us. They stretch us. They push us continuously.

Without questions learning ceases. Without learning boundaries are never tested. New worlds fail to be discovered. Life becomes mere existance.

Let questions continue to stir us…

15 comments:

chronicwriter said...

what happened to you?
who are you?
why are you in this world?
how often do you brush your teeth?
do you bite your toe nails?
Have you ever been slapped?
have you tried shop lifting?
if you can answer all these questions, try answering the following one

" why do you have a blog!? say Yes or No!"

PurpleHeart said...

Bungi, Did you want to prompt us all to question ourselves first before we shoot in stuff at others ?

pravin said...

So who moved my cheese?

Bungi said...

CW, Sandhya and Pravin - Good questions. Keep asking them. Like i said, all questions may not have answers.

Julie Layne said...

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves."

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Bungi said...

Julie - Thank you for sharing the quote. That is the crux of all i have been trying to say in this post!

Praney said...

Hi there,

I came via Sanguine, found your writings interesting, read few, will revist to read another few.

Till then best of luck !

Bungi said...

Praney - Thank you! I will visit you too...

Sandy Carlson said...

Great post. Keats's idea of negative capability, creative not-knowing, is the state of mind of the artist, of suspending judgment and allowing life to unfold. The unfolding is the answer. Thought-provoking post!

Ryan said...

In engineering there is a method to get to the true root of a problem. Ask Why seven times. Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

Bungi said...

Sandy - 'Negative capability' is an interesting concept... Yes. I like the idea of letting life unfold...

Ryan - Lol... Guess we should never stop asking why even if we don't see to find the answers.

brandy said...

Well said! I'm working on not worrying about the answers, but trying to understand why certain questions are more important to me than others. Whoa. This is getting deep, I may need a life jacket.

choconet said...

Here's another quote from a letter by Rilke:

"...have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer..."

Original in German:
Man muss Geduld haben

Mit dem Ungelösten im Herzen,
und versuchen, die Fragen selber lieb zu haben,
wie verschlossene Stuben,
und wie Bücher, die in einer sehr fremden Sprache
geschrieben sind.

Es handelt sich darum, alles zu leben.
Wenn man die Fragen lebt, lebt man vielleicht allmählich,
ohne es zu merken,
eines fremden Tages
in die Antworten hinein.

:o)

Bungi said...

Brandy - Life saver, eh? Nah. You'll be fine. Keep asking the questions. :P And i think i should do a lighter post after these few serious ones. What say?

Choconet - Wow! I really like Rilke. It's like hearing my thoughts in different, albeit better words...

Ruksana said...

I am with you on that one....