By: Sydney D
From a very young age we are told to ask questions, if anyone remembers Ms.Frizzle, from Magic School Bus, we were also told to “make mistakes”. But I want to ask the important question of why do we make the mistake of not asking why?
If I’m honest I never really thought to ask this question until recently. In my English class a teacher told a student to put away a Fidget Spinner and the student asked them why. Unlike my old school where the teacher would throw out an “it’s distracting” or “against school rules”, this one simply said “don’t ask why”. A response that was just taken at face value, and even though another teacher piped in with the expected “against school rules”, the moment had already passed and the spinner put away.
Now, obviously this is a very small situation that doesn’t spell out disaster in any way. But it does beg the question of how people interact with each other and society as a whole. Have we become more passive? Or just satisfied with the way things are? Or like that student, silenced by an authority so many times with a “because I say so”, that we no longer see the importance of asking questions?
Why is that? What happened between the “ask questions and discover” part of our lives? Now we seem to accept things at word or face value. Furthermore, how has this discussion to not ask questions effected not only our individual lives, but other lives around the world? Because, we are all connected.
So, why don’t we ask why?
Thanks for reading, and please leave your thoughts on whether or not we- as a people- ask “Why?” enough.
A 18-year old who spends most of my time reading and taking photos. Most of what I write here is just things that I personally hope is interesting, important, or at the very least funny.
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