There’s no such thing as a stupid question

dumb-questions cartoon

Words like ‘stupid’, ‘dumb’ and ‘simple’ should be expressed sparingly, especially when used to describe people and their actions. We don’t all see the world the same way and we haven’t all experienced the world in the same way, so naturally we all have different perspectives and different pieces of knowledge. I have found recently, from friendship circles to professional environments, that people often laugh or sneer at others who ask questions. It can become daunting and intimidating to ask a question again for fear of humiliation in front of others or for fear of a lowering of respect from peers.

But be courageous and ask the question anyway. Asking questions reveals interest, curiosity and enthusiasm, and uncovers a desire to understand and know more; we should never ridicule others for asking questions or feel nervous about asking a question, no matter how stupid we think it might sound. Asking questions means we’re learning, learning to see different perspectives and piece information together, and that is such an important element to grasp in life. If the other person is too close-minded to see that, then their opinion is not worth your time. People who ask questions are the ones who will get the most answers in more ways than one.

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