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From a young age our educational systems teach us that questions are merely devices for uncovering answers. Once a question has been answered it is of no further use.

The title may be a little provocative but in a world with an inherent bias for answers it is worth asking:

Why are answers more important?

Personally, I increasingly find that there is a freedom in just living with questions without necessarily seeking answers. I first started thinking about this when I asked my young son “Which are more important: Questions or answers?”. He thought for a moment and confidently told me “Questions obviously. You can’t have answers without questions but you can have questions without answers.”

All true and yet there is more. Answers are also limited to what we know and can offer an illusion of certainty or narrow a conversation.

Questions, on the other hand, open us up to infinite knowledge and paradoxically to not knowing.

I suppose it really depends how we view life. A quest for answers is a quest for certainty whereas a quest for better questions is a quest for possibility…