All little kids like to ask questions. They are curious about the world. The problem is, as kids grow into adults, they start to think that asking a question will make them look like they don’t know an answer they should know.
But asking questions is what keeps us interested, what helps us grow, what changes the world.
Socrates was a Greek philosopher who lived from 469 to 399 BC. His big thing was asking questions. He once said that “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
Aristotle said that this Socratic way of thinking is what led to the discovery of the scientific method that our children use in classrooms around the world.
Plato, who taught that we all crave a higher purpose in life was a student of Socrates. And Aristotle, who taught that we all need to discover how to make our way in the world by exchanging our gifts was taught by Plato. A connected line of thinkers from Greece who changed the way we all move through the world today.
Socrates said, “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” This is the foundation of any great teacher… showing you where to look and pushing you to think outside the box to find answers.
Have we stopped asking questions in our life? Are we embarrassed to look like we “don’t know?”
The only way to get to something bigger is to question where we are now. How to make it different or better. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates was put to death for corrupting the youth. It is the first recorded case in history where a democratic country tried a man and put him to death for his beliefs.
He stood up for what he believed and changed the course of history. The least we can do is continue to ask questions in our lives and try to improve the world one answer at a time.