“Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom.” Proverb
“Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.” William Shakespeare
“Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.” Paul Tillich
Do you ask a lot of questions? Remember when you were a child and you were constantly asking questions of everything? Maybe it was a phase or you were encouraged by irritated and impatient adults to lighten up on the questioning. Maybe you are like me with an insatiable curiosity and wandering mind that questions all the time, even as an "adult". It is not uncommon for those close to me to wonder how insecure or suspicious I must be because of my habitual questioning, yet I have been told that it is actually a sign of intelligence and active imagination....I like to think of it as opening to receive information.The marketing iconic What if.......It also often sparks a trail for others to follow,maybe peaking an interest or inspiring a new perspective. I also like to think my questioning is sparked by my humility and the idea that I do not Know Everything and there is always something more to learn and driven by my Innovative desire that there is always opportunity for depth and expansion. I suppose there are times that it is reflective of my cautious nature and my desire for success.
If you are doubting it doesn't really count as questioning. When you are in doubt you are undecided if something is true or not. When you doubt it is trap of nuetrality and non-commitment. You can stay in doubt and not find out, care or decide one way or the other. However, If you aren't questioning you may not discover information or truth or value. You may remain in a stand still of worry our confusion feeling bad without clarity or understanding. I find that doubt leads me into negative directions and questioning leads me into understanding what is true for me. I feel it keeps me moving rather than re circling. However, it can be a bit burdensome with being patient enough for the answers to arrive in my consciousness and acknowledged awareness, as well as finding myself at times in incoming information overload as I fire off so many questions that there are times I am vomiting with answers.....
I don't think it will change much since I believe it to be a natural part of my true nature and allows me to be, wholely free, good,bad,indifferently expressively questionably. I might ask how to more effectively manage the questioning but I doubt it..........
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” John Allen Paulos
“The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.” Erich Fromm
"I am certain there is too much certainty in the world." Michael Crichton
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