Questions

I was on monthly injections for a couple of years after my last break and the pharmacist would always ask if I had any questions. I always felt as if he were giving me an opportunity if only I could come up with the right question. Maybe I could escape the pain of the coming shot. It never worked though.

I’ve never been good at asking questions. Whenever a prospective employer, or a teacher, or a governmental employee asks, I can never think of anything. Only questions that are completely unrelated, or stupid stuff comes to mind if anything at all. In this strip the question is unrelated to the situation, but it is not stupid. The answer is the universe appears to be flat. Apparently that doesn’t have many implications for the rest of physics though.

After my last break I had a lot of questions about the universe and how it worked. I wanted to know what was happening in the grand scheme of things. My voices and I would talk about it and they would try to explain. I was very disorganized so I don’t think anything really made sense. Lenny says when he got sick he had a feeling that the energy of the universe was flowing though him and he was one with the universe. He says that it was a beautiful feeling and he would take great meaning in it if it weren’t the beginning of so many horrible things.

I think it is important to have questions. It is a part of critical thinking, something people don’t do enough of. The brain doesn’t like unanswered questions. It wants to have answers, and will often make up an answer without our knowing. Recognizing when you don’t know something is difficult. I respect people with a lot of good questions. I wonder, are there any exercises I can do to improve my question asking?

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