57. Are there stupid questions?

There is a Wikipedia page dedicated to the common phrase that there are no stupid questions.

Asking questions can be a confession to our own ignorance. And we don’t’ want to admit we don’t know something.

But it’s okay if you don’t know something. It’s okay to ask a question even if everyone else around you knows the answer and you think that you should know it to.

But there are lots of things you don’t know. And it’s so much easier to just asks.

You know when you forget someone’s name even though you actually know them really well? Sometimes it’s okay to just apologize and ask.

Have you started a new task and someone explains it to you as if it’s the easiest thing in the world, and you have no idea what they are talking about? It’s okay to ask for clarification.

Do you ever struggle with things that everything else takes for granted? It’s okay to ask for help in your own journey.

When I was younger, I didn’t ask a lot of questions because I wanted to already know things more than I wanted to admit my own ignorance. But as I got older, I realized that asking questions was actually sign of intelligence, not of stupidity.

So ask away.

But in answer to my question, yes, there are many stupid questions. Questions asked in the pursuit of knowledge are not stupid; questions asked in the pursuit of humor and laziness can be stupid. And sometimes it’s just the wrong time and place to ask certain questions.

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