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QUESTIONS - THE BOOK

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#QUESTIONS – THE BOOK

INTRODUTION

Over the last six months I have been involved in a lot of writing (blogging) but nothing as large as this at once, hoping it would be the first of many. So I would like to invite you to share in my thoughts and please stick with me to the end, it’s not a very large book, I hope it’s going to be worth your while. Thank you.

It takes a thinking mind to ask a question”

Some of us, or rather most of us have been in classes where there seems to be one guy who seems to always have a question, or always ask a question, well I think if I were in your class or sat in one of those teachings with you, I would be that guy. I have a thing for understanding, I love understanding things clearly, and so whatever you say to me I want to get it clearly, I think that’s where the need to always ask a question comes from. If you still have the opportunity to sit in a class room try and pay attention to questions, not just because test questions can come from them but also because they give you another opportunity to understand better and learn new stuffs. Remember questions are the keys to unlocking new doors and we become better people by the things we know.

Each question I ask is proof that I listened”

After asking a lot of questions, I realized that sometimes people who ask a lot of questions are often misunderstood and can be found irritating by most folks especially questions asked at the tail end of a teaching, when the other students can’t wait for the teacher to leave. However, questions have shaped our world over and over again, every time a question is asked, it has the possibility to chart a new course that would leave an indelible mark in history. So I think if we will make the world a better place, then it is extremely important that we do not only ask questions, but also encourage a question asking culture, like every other culture, let’s teach it to our children, let’s teach them to ask questions, so it becomes a culture.

I think the art of questions is a great phenomenon, one which could start a chain of events that could lead to something spectacular(spectacular here could range from changing the world to changing your world), I think when we start asking, not only that, but also start to answer questions we are not only charting a new course for our lives but leaving a resounding mark in history, and if the right answers are given you would be leaving a positive resounding mark. Every time questions start coming up in your mind, especially ones that are difficult to find answers to, it’s a pointer that we should pay attention, because things are about to change. Questions also cause motion or change in phases in our lives, hence, one sure cause of change is to ask questions.

All men ask questions, great men seek answers to their questions”

I am a Nigerian living in Nigeria, and from my little observation the culture of asking questions is gradually fading away, it is very important we always ask questions, not just asking questions but also getting the right answers.As to what qualifies a right answer, I think it’s when it puts an end to your questions, and doesn’t leave you more confused (however feel free to ask yourself that; what is the right answer?).

It’s not just because we are blacks, a question asking culture is one every race needs and must hold on to keep moving forward. However the question asking culture seems to be dying daily, people are becoming scared to ask questions even on a basic level, even when asking questions is their right and is expedient, and this, even if we don’t see it, could be really dangerous for the world. Let’s get the question asking mind set back, let’s give it to our friends, siblings and children, and let’s give the world a chance to make itself a better place by asking questions.

Questions

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p<>{color:#000;}. What would have happened if I asked more questions?

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p<>{color:#000;}. How do I know when I have gotten the right answer?

I think it’s time to start asking your unasked questions.

WHAT ARE QUESTIONS?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are proof that we don’t have all knowledge.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are the door ways to new ideas.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are the beginning of great ideas.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are what causes turn around in our lives.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are the beginning of understanding.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are what separates the world changers from others.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are the birth of revolutions.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions birth answers.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions make us realize that there is got to be more.

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p<>{color:#000;}. A Question is a path every human must take.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are evidence of growth.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Questions are proof of freedom and people who have a freedom mindset.

Questions

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p<>{color:#000;}. How have questions defined you?

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p<>{color:#000;}. What are questions to you?

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p<>{color:#000;}. How have questions affected you?

REASONS FOR ASKING QUESTIONS.

Why a question is asked determines if the answer would have any effect on the person asking, however answer anyway because the answer might change someone else”

It was a cold Wednesday evening and as it was their custom, the elder and his family went for bible study. The elder’s teenage son who recently began to get basked in the written knowledge of God is excited and listens with acute attention scrambling down notes as the teaching proceeds and raising up his head to gaze at the pastor with smiles on his face. What everyone around didn’t know was he was looking out for and jotting down loop holes in the sermon, with his head stuck in the cloud of knowledge he had a huge appetite for pointing out loop holes. The preacher finishes and asks for questions and the young man raises his hand and pours out a lot of questions with his cute calm appearance.

I can’t say I have all the reasons why people ask questions, but let’s examine some of the reasons why questions should be asked. This is very important because motive seems to be everything; the motive tells what happens to the answers you give the person. So enjoy the next couple of thoughts.

People ask questions when:

1. They want to point out loop holes:

This could be either for a good motive or a bad one. Look at it this way, maybe you made a statement, but didn’t cover an area, so a question is asked to show that area, that’s a positive one. However sometimes someone listens and decides to ask a question to show that the principle you are trying to teach doesn’t apply in that sector, remember you can be wrong, you’re not all knowing, and learn from those type of questions. Instead of looking at it like an attack on your personality, look at it as in insight and opportunity to know more.

2.They are sincerely confused or don’t get a point:

Sometimes people ask questions simply because they are confused, you know you just didn’t explain it well enough to them or maybe they are like me who just like absolute understanding and even if absolute understanding seems unreachable, allow us try.

3. An explanation seems not to be clear enough:

This happens when I hear what you say, I get your point, but maybe am a bit advanced or familiar with that concept so that allows me to understand, however I decide to ask so that others who I feel don’t have my background can grasp your concept.

4. They believe you missed the main purpose of the question:

Sometimes we want to explain a point and then one thing leads to another, then another, then another, and what happens is we end up talking about things that aren’t connected to the main point, so a question is asked so we can get your main message.

5.They want to test how much you know.

Well people would just like to test to test your depth of knowledge so they would ask questions.

Whatever is their reason for asking questions I want us to always remember this

“If they listened to you explain your concept, then they have earned the right to ask you a question or questions.”

It doesn’t matter my reason for asking a question, the teacher should try to answer it calmly, and focus on giving an answer rather than just beating around the bush.

Questions

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p<>{color:#000;}. Why do you ask most of your questions?

ASKING QUESTIONS.

ASKING UNDERSTANDABLE QUESTIONS.

“Questions that bring about change are the ones we ask ourselves first”

“Asking understandable questions is the key to getting answers quick”

The sole point of questions is so they could be asked, how would answers be given or gotten if questions aren’t asked. Here am going to try to explain how to ask questions.

Sometime in the year 2014 I think, I asked a question in a meeting, it was a meeting of Christian students, I remember asking the question initially and I think I wasn’t understood properly by the moderator, so he asked me to ask again, I did so but this time with more anger, I asked that question out of anger. Most of the people there that day didn’t get the question or misunderstand my question, why? I raised my voice in anger.

How you ask a question is very important if you want to be understood and being understood affords others the opportunity to contribute answers the best way they can. So am going to try and give tips to help you in asking questions.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You should have figured this one out by now, never ask a question in rage, or better still, don’t let your rage show up in your question, permit me to put it in another way, don’t allow your anger take over your question. Remember the main reason for asking questions is to gain knowledge and understanding not to show your anger. Anger has a way of causing misdirection.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keep your questions as simple as possible. Simply put, try to simplify your questions before you ask them. The answer to your question might lie with a very simple person, so making it simple would help them contribute. Here’s a tip, before you ask the question, construct it in your mind, if possible, write it down, look at it with a fresh pair of eyes and ask yourself, would I understand this at first glance.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do not rush the question, try and take it as slow as possible, (am not saying be dull and boring). Remember the question has resided in your mind for a while and this would possibly be the first time the audience would be hearing it.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Ask your questions with a smile, unless the mood doesn’t permit it.

ASKING WRITTEN QUESTIONS.

“Writing a question makes it eternal, it might not be answered but an answer is on the way”

I asked a question online, and here is what I wrote, “If someone had stolen Moses’s rod would he have still been able to do signs and wonders?” After posting it on Facebook, I got a call from someone, telling me they couldn’t figure out who the “he” was, was it Moses or the thief.

In asking written questions here are a couple of my own thoughts;

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p<>{color:#000;}. Remember you might not be present when the reading would be done, or you won’t be the one doing the reading, so give all the information that you think would be needed to ensure it could be answered by anybody.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Avoid using big words, if you must, be sure to write the meaning.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Take serious note of your spellings.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use brackets, they are free, sometimes using a bracket to explain a whole situation could save the day, just a sentence. My question wouldn’t have been much trouble if I wrote it like this; “If someone had stolen Moses’s rod would he (he being Moses) have still been able to do signs and wonders?”

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p<>{color:#000;}. Always remember to make it simple and stick to the question. Simplicity makes understanding easier and faster.

Questions

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p<>{color:#000;}. Have you asked questions wrongly?

Remember you’re asking questions to bring about improvements not to start a war.

WHO CAN YOU ASK ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING?

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p<>{color:#000;}. GOD, let me say it this way, HE is the Almighty God that alone tells us why we can ask Him questions, HE has all knowledge.

This means God has all the answers, now I would like to say here just like us all, answering questions is a choice and God has that choice to. God created us and knew we would have questions, therefore he expects us to ask questions, it’s alright to ask God questions.

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p<>{color:#000;}. SPOUSE, at the time of writing this very part I am not yet married, but I do have some knowledge on marriage based on my encounters with married people and things I have read about marriage, so I would do my best based on my knowledge on marriage to show you why you should ask your spouse anything and everything.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Asking your spouse questions allows them understand you better.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Asking them questions means you believe in them and that they could influence you. It shows respect for them.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It shows that you need them and you’re not self-sufficient.

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p<>{color:#000;}. It also brings about conversations and helps your relationship.

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p<>{color:#000;}. PASTOR, your pastor, I have come to love and appreciate questions as a result of my pastor and his willingness always to answer and give me his time, I don’t really think I would value questions the way I do today without his input. You can ask your pastor everything and anything because he is a spiritual head over you, and sometimes, most times God will tell them things he won’t tell you, or things he has told you but you haven’t heard. He also has a lot of experiences and that brings wisdom and understanding.

Asking your pastor a question is proof that you acknowledge the grace of God upon his life.”

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p<>{color:#000;}. FRIEND, your friends, I don’t mean anyone and everyone you talk to, I mean those who have been in your life through seasons. Ask your friends questions because they are going through life with you and have probably thought about that question and answered it. There’re some questions you must answer at some points, or that you must ask, and not everyone gets to the same point at the same time, so you could ask them, and if you’re in luck they would have gone past that point and have answers for you.

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p<>{color:#000;}. MENTOR and TEACHER. This set of people represent people who have been where you are heading or people who can help you get to where you’re going. I think it’s clear why you must ask them questions, because they know the part, they’re just like your tour guide through your journey, they have gotten to the point you are now and also asked questions.

Questions

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p<>{color:#000;}. Have you been asking the wrong people the right questions?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Have you been scared of asking the right people questions?

WHY FOLKS DON’T ASK QUESTIONS?

There are reasons people don’t ask questions, reasons that go beyond there isn’t any question to ask. In examining questions and improving a question asking culture I think it’s going to be cool to talk about why people don’t ask questions, understand it, so that we can help people ask questions and ask questions ourselves. There might be more reasons why people don’t ask questions, but we are just going to examine a few here, I hope we see ourselves, families and friends in the next couple of thoughts. I would possibly be reminding you about something you know and have experienced, but now beyond a reminded be determined to conquer these reasons and ask questions to change your world.

“Conquer your fear and you would be great, help others conquer their fears and you would be divine.”

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p<>{color:#000;}. Culture and Tradition. I hail from south eastern Nigeria, and in my culture we are taught that when elders talk it is expected that children or youths should keep their mouths shut. I am no expert on tradition but I think it is almost considered an abomination to question someone older than you. If you ever attempt to question your parents you would be replied with questions like; are we mates? Who told you, you should talk? When did that one start? Etc. and of course after that would come a very good spanking. We don’t encourage a question asking tradition.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Past Experiences. Those two words have changed a lot of worlds, and the reason the future will turn out the way it will, cause of past experiences, this affects every sphere of life even questions. So here are a couple of past experiences;

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p<>{color:#000;}. Not having their questions answered.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Being misunderstood.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fear of the crowd. Sometimes we don’t ask questions cause we don’t want to go against the crowd, who (the crowd) have a lot of reasons for not wanting the questions asked.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fear of higher authority. The fear of what the higher authority will do to us if we ask questions they don’t want asked keeps some of us quiet.

He that is not afraid to die for his people would live forever in their minds.”

WHY SHOULD YOU ANSWER QUESTIONS?

There are very few times you are compelled to answer questions, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where the question is asked, you can always say you do not want to answer the question or have an answer to it, or even keep your answer to yourself for whatever reason. Your answer to your question is your intellectual property, for you to will as you please.

“Your answer to any question is your intellectual property, for you to will as you please, but remember that answers could edify, so share with the saints, share with everyone, that’s what Jesus would do and if you don’t like my man Jesus, answer questions for a chance to make someone’s world better”

Remember it is always betternot to answer a question than to answer because you have to and then give a wrong answer.Someone there could hear your wrong answer and hold unto it with his life and go down a wrong part. If people seek your answer it’s because you have a reputation, and people would do what you say. So let’s see why we should answer questions.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Answering a question gets you thinking: If you have ever attempted to answer a question, even one you already had a set down answer to, more often than not it gets you thinking, you start thinking about the question and your answer, and to get yourself thinking is one way to becoming a better person.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Answering a question could give new sight or insight: Every time you answer a question, there is a great possibility that you just lit up a new thought, idea, insight to a matter that someone didn’t have before. Answering questions improves people and broadens their horizon so people could see things better. You answering something as simple as a question could change someone’s world.

A lot of us are looking to change the world, well what there is, is about seven billion ideas of it, so change one and you change a world.”

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p<>{color:#000;}. Answer not just because the person asked but because others are listening: Sometimes the person asking a question might have done it wrongly or have an ulterior motive for asking, this could make one decide not to answer a question. So what am trying to say here is answer because someone who is listening also doesn’t know the answer and is hoping you would give them the answer and increase their knowledge.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Answer because what you know might be wrong. During the course of writing this I was also doing something on the social media called #Questions, and I see a lot of people bring up there answers and some end up learning that what they know about a question isn’t all there is. Answering a questions gives people the chance to check your thoughts and also correct them.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS.

Around the end of my primary education and slightly into the beginning of my secondary education, there was this phrase that was catchy and very common at the beginning of any test or examination, it was: “once you understand the question, you have answered over fifty percent of the question”. Now at that time I didn’t really agree with this, because I could understand what the question required of me, but that didn’t earn me more than fifty percent on the marking scheme. I didn’t really understand this till I asked a question that wasn’t understood, yet an answer was given.

I have been misunderstood when it comes to asking questions, especially when I was much younger. But it also showed that statement true, understanding a question, is fifty percent of answering the question. And not understanding a question can affect not just the answer of the question but the feeling of the person asking the question, especially if it’s a personal question.

There is no point answering a question, if you’re going to leave me confused. The aim of answering a question is so understanding can be gained”.

The question now is, what’s the key to answering a question? Am going to give a couple of tips on how to answer questions;

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p<>{color:#000;}. Listen and get the question: Don’t just assume that because you taught the concept, the frequently asked questions is what he is about to ask, so listen, here is a listening trick, keep your mind quiet, when he is done, try and ask the question the way your understood it in your mind back to the person asking it, that way you are sure that both of you are on the same page. Sometimes a word could cause a misinterpretation.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Use of simple analogies: I remember sitting in an operating system class and the lecturer was trying to answer a question on convoy effect, and I think he told a story to illustrate it, that same semester, he asked a question concerning convoy effects during his examination and it was cool for me because I remembered the story, it’s the stories I remember. When answering questions, when possible and if it won’t cause serious deviation from the point or make people forget the question, use analogies to answer your questions.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Answer on the level of understanding of the Questioniar: For me I think there is more than one way to explain every concept, I think there are broadly two ways to explain every concept which are; the complex path and the simple way. When answering any question, try to answer it on the levcl of the person asking it so that the find it easy to understand. Don’t answer a student the same way you would have answered a professor. But don’t just be restricted to my level, feel free to step up or down once am satisfied.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Go the extra Mile: When answering questions, if the situation permits for it, and you have the time, go the extra mile when answering questions, don’t just hit the direct answer, answer the question in such a way that it is clear leaves an impression. Remember that, when someone asks you a question, it’s kind of an honor, so give it your best shot.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Answer to the purpose of the question:when you’re answering a question, your goal is to resolve the confusion of the individual asking the question. So if the fellow still looks confused then your job has not been completed. I would like to say when answering questions try to maintain eye contact with the person, their facial expression tells you a lot about their satisfaction to your answer. After answering a question, you should allow the person ask some other questions if he is still trying to clarify your answer. Also you must bear in mind that every time you answer a question it has the potential to change someone’s world.

Questions

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do you enjoy answering questions?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do you think you could have answered some questions better?

Answer questions because they help build a question asking culture.

ETERNAL QUESTIONS

I think every question has or leaves an effect, some have effects that last longer than others, for example, asking yourself whether you should have drinks with extra sugar with friends today, if you’re like me the effect could just last a couple of days, your stomach just unsettles for a while and that’s it, the effect of that question is gone forever, however, some other questions have effects that lasts longer than others, like what course to study in the university, this question could last a couple of years, as compared to the couple of days of the first question.

I don’t like making absolute statements, that’s the reason am not saying all questions are eternal, but I can say all questions have the potential of having an eternal effect, even if it’s asking why an apple fell from a tree, or if men can fly like birds.

“Sometimes asking questions is not just enough, you have to think of the answers to, if not what’s the point.”

Questions have the potential to become or have eternal effects; once they are asked and answered their effects could last forever. Here am going give a list of some of those questions, maybe you have never asked any of them, this is your chance to ask yourself and think of the answers.

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p<>{color:#000;}. What happens when we die?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Is there more to us than the physical?

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p<>{color:#000;}. What would you like to study?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Are we alone in the universe?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Are aliens for real?

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p<>{color:#000;}. What would you like to do with the rest of your life?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Would you love to get married? If yes then to who?

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p<>{color:#000;}. What kind of life style would you like to live?

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do you want to be a good person?

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p<>{color:#000;}. What are your standards?

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p<>{color:#000;}. What’s your life purpose?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. Do you think God exists? Why or why not?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. Do you believe in reincarnation? Why or why not?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. Why does God seem so distant?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. Why did God start it all?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. What does God want from us?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. How would you explain eternity?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. Why is there so much evil in the world?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. From where does evil come?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. Why do we go to war?

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p<>{color:#231F20;}. Are we racists?

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p<>{color:#000;}. What would you like to be remembered for when you’re gone?

I believe Man is eternal, hence I think it is very important that we ask eternal questions

STUPID QUESTIONS

Ok yes there are stupid questions, and a lot of famous ones in Nigeria, like your parents asking you if you have woken up when they see you come out of your room in the morning, or neighbors asking you if you are coming back from school when they see you in your uniform in the heat of the afternoon coming home, and the list is endless. So it’s true there are stupid questions.

Now should they be answered? Yes, yes please, yes! If you think back well enough, you would realize that you have done a lot of things that you would look at now and say that was stupid, so I think everyone has a stupid moment, and because we all do, let’s try and answer stupid questions. Imagine if Isaac Newton never asked that stupid question to why the fruit fell downwards.

“The answer to a stupid question could be what the world needs.”

FAMOUS QUESTION QUOTES.

For me quotes tend to get me thinking and stick, plus when they are really cool they become imprinted in memory so you can always say it to yourself over and over again, so here am just going to write some famous quotes I read and I think are cool.. I hope you enjoy it.

“[Can I ask you a question?”[
]—Socrates]

“[[If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, i would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once i know the proper question; I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
—albert Einstein]]

“[[I went for the jugular question.”
— Arno Penzias, Nobel laureate]]

“[[A paradigm shift occurs when a question is asked inside the current
paradigm that can only be answered from outside it.”
—Marilee Goldberg, the art of the question.]]

A vital question, a creative question, rivets our attention. All the creative power of our minds is focused on the question. Knowledge emerges in response to these compelling questions. They open us to new worlds.”

Verna Allee, the knowledge evolution

“[[The question never failed us.”
—Mike pfeil, corporate executive]]

“[[Questioning breaks open the stagnant, hardened shells of the present, opening up options to be explored.”
—Fran peavey]]

“[[Strategic questions create a resonant field into which your own thinking is magnified, clarified, and new motion can be created.”
—Fran peavey, strategic questioning]]

“[[A question not asked is a door not opened.”
—Marilee goldberg, the art of the question]]

“[It is better to know some ofthe questions than all of theanswers”[
]—james thurber]

WHATS SHOULD I DO WITH MY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS?

Recently I have come to discover some questions take longer time to answer than others, don’t give up on your questions, keep them (write them down) and keep asking, don’t quit on that question, the answer might be what we all are waiting for.

CONCULSION

I think asking questions will make the world better. Asking questions would help us to continually redefine concepts and become better. Ask your questions not just for you, but for your world.

It’s been said that don’t try to answer life questions because more would keep coming, but let me say that answering life’s questions is life’s way of teaching us how to live, enjoy and understand life better.

Please feel free to share this with somebody and change their world, thank you.

NwokediEmeka

WRITTEN BY:

The teachings of Dr. IsaacOyebamiji, the patience of my Mama (Pst. Fidelia), the answers and time spent with Pastor BolajiOloyede, the answers of Guru Ope, the faith of Edmond, the answers of Nelson A., the love of ICE D beloved, the contributions of Queen, Sanni, Fortune, the love and understanding of Lekan, the hard work of the Questions team, the shares and likes of David O., David A, Mesh Bee, the continual editing, support and encouragement of Nkem, the support of all my social media friends, and everyone who has ever asked me a question or answered mine. Thank you.

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QUESTIONS - THE BOOK

Questions are the keys to unlocking new doors and we become better people by the things we know. Questions - the book is written to help build and strengthen the foundation of asking questions and also getting the right answers.

  • Author: emeka nwokedi
  • Published: 2016-05-29 21:50:06
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