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Answers Are Overrated. Here’s Why Questions Are The Best.

The answer is there.

All you have to do is ask the right questions.

Have you ever wondered what that question is?

I always thought the question was more important than the answer.

Answers are easy. They are end results. But they’re always dead ends.

Here’s what I think, given we are the closest to omniscience we’ve ever been in the known history of the planet.

I think it’s related to a long series of Google queries, but probably not. Why?

Because what we need to know isn’t in Google. It is something in the realm of magic. What do I mean by that?

Technology is stuff we know. Science is stuff we know, or the process by which we do come to know something with an element of certainty.

Magic is stuff that we imagine, that may or may not become real.

It’s technology that hasn’t been invented, or technology only the high priests of tech know. It is sufficiently evolved as to be indistinguishable from magic. Think about it.

The iPhone didn’t exist in the known universe until hadn’t been invented in 2006. Now we take it for granted.

If you could show yourself what you have in your pocket in 2006, you would be fucking floored. Now you are just “meh.”

Whatever that answer is it is partly a Google query. Partly not.

It is partly based on what is known, but I think it is largely based on something that isn’t known.

It is something no mind has conceived of because it lacks imagination. Thus it is something nobody has ever asked before.

Maybe it’s a string of Queries that Google has someplace in its system, maybe not. Why? Because people are conformists. Few truly dare to think of something new and different.

What are some of those questions?

How do we stop climate change?

Boring.

Clearly we can’t. Check this out.

I just did a Google query that I’ve never done before:

“When was climate change first talked about?”

Answer: 1896

In 1896, a seminal paper by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius first predicted that changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could substantially alter the surface temperature through the greenhouse effect. In 1938, Guy Callendar connected carbon dioxide increases in Earth’s atmosphere to global warming.

We’ve had 126 years to figure this shit out, and we can’t.

That should either terrify you or it set your mind at ease because there is nothing we can do about this to fix it, therefore there is no reason to worry.

We’ll just go about our merry way until we wipe ourselves out like the locusts, and every other species that has become so successful that it ate too much and killed itself off.

I could go on, but I’m going to end this, without an answer. Why?

Because the questions are more important than the answers.

Answers are dead ends.

Questions are journeys waiting to be taken.

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Donovan is a copywriter. He uses pomodoros every day, and writes the technomagical Belman Chronicles. He knows so much his brain is going to burst any day now.

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Donovan Rittenbach

Donovan is a copywriter. He uses pomodoros every day, and writes the technomagical Belman Chronicles. He knows so much his brain is going to burst any day now.