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When I ask myself a question that interests me, then that leads me to seek my answers.

 

For many years I used the public library as my resource bank to investigate and explore.

There was a journey to the destination of finding a satisfactory answer to my questions.

Along the way I would often encounter other inspirational and informative materials.

They may have been in the books on the shelves beside the book the catalog listed.

 

I asked various people lots of questions.

I asked those that were considered experts and ordinary people .

 

I kept on seeking until I found my answer to my question.

And most of the time other questions arose along this path.

Some of those were intriguing enough for me to explore later.

So my times at the library and the books I checked out kept me engaged.

It was the way I gained the habit and life style of a lifelong learner.

 

During this process I became an interdisciplinary thinker.

That is because parts of my answers came for various fields.

I did not just seek in the psychology section or just in the self-help section.

I also explored the business management, marketing and creatively sections.

I gleaned insights from movies, magazine ads and TV shows.

 

When the Internet came along I used that for my resource bank instead of the library.

While preparing this article I searched online for the term ‘big questions’.

That took me to many sites.

Most of them did not help but a few did.

And I bookmarked the best ones to examine later.

 

During these journeys I came to highly value the power of questions.

I set out to collect the most challenging questions to ask myself and others.

I came to believe grappling with questions is the best way to motivate learners.

 

Some of the most challenging questions in my opinion are as follows:

 

UNIVERSAL

What is love?

What is reality?

What is truth?

What is beauty?

What or who is God?

What is art?

What is creativity?

What is the purpose of life?

What is the meaning of life?

What is justice and/or fairness?

What happens after a person dies?

What is right/wrong and good/evil?

What is worth dying for?

What is the best way to gain standards for morality and ethics?

How can we know anything?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why do good things happen to bad people?

If God is loving and all powerful then why is there suffering and injustice?

Why is there something rather than nothing?

Can truth be known and if so how?

 

 

What determines the life of each individual?

Which of the following factors are important?

Free will

Fate

Predestination

Higher Power

God

Destiny

Peer pressure

Media

Advertising

Propaganda

Role models

Heroes and heroines

Personality type

Luck

Chance

Coincidences

Serendipity

Survival of fittest

Socio-economic status

Who you know

Hard work

Self-discipline

Education

Experience

Astrology

Karma

Parents

Acting out on fears, resentments, urges, lust, greed, insecurity, pride, shame, guilt, vanity, etc.

Cause and effect

Choices and consequences

Nature and/or nurture i.e. genetic inheritance and/or environmental factors

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_versus_nurture

 

 

How can a person understand the following:

Soul

Spirit

God

Body-mind connection

Brain-mind-emotions connection

Health and emotions and memories and psychosomatic matters

Angels

Demons

Devil – Satan

Heaven

Hell

Faith

Reason

Intuition

Honor

Freedom

Liberty

Success

Wealth

Power

Virtue

 

 

PERSONAL

Who am I?

Where did I come from?

Where is my home?

Where do I belong?

Who is in my family?

Who is in my community?

Why am I here?

Who can I trust?

What is my purpose?

What am I responsible for and who am I responsible to?

Who loves me and cares about me?

Who do I love and who do I care about?

How can I make a difference during my lifetime?

How can I become involved in something bigger than me and my family?

What will be my legacy after I have gone from this life?

What does success look like for me?

If I had unlimited time and money then what would I do?

What are my passions?

What makes me happy?

What do I enjoy?

How can I find satisfaction?

How can I improve and increase my self-esteem, self-worth, self-image, self-respect, etc.?

What is worthwhile as an investment of my time and talents?

If you were diagnosed to die in a year with cancer how would you spend your last year?

 

How can a person improve and increase the following character qualities?

This list is useful for individual self-improvement, parenting and teaching.

Humility

Kindness

Honesty

Generosity  

Self-control

Love

Patience

Perseverance

Compassion

Empathy

Integrity

Tolerance

Curiosity

Courage

Respect

Dependability

Responsibility

Accountability

Flexibility

Gratitude

Mindfulness

Open mindedness

Thoughtfulness

Understanding

Friendly

Authentic

 

Here are many more personal questions.

http://journalingquestionshub.blogspot.com/

 

Here is a link to my collection of lists of questions.

They relate mostly to Christianity.

I noticed that very few pastors or church members even consider these matters.

http://www.freewebs.com/jsohub/questions.htm

 

There are more than enough questions here to get any person going on a quest.

There are some that will resonate strongly with you.

Choose a few questions then invest your time and energy to explore each one.

The Internet is a great place to start but that is not the only source of inputs.

Also ask lots of people from all kinds of backgrounds.

 

Many people truncate their learning by not allowing themselves to even consider certain questions.

 

It was Socrates that said an unexamined life is not worth living.

Questions are proven ways to examine your life.

 

Here is a list of provocative questions with an interactive interface.

http://askbigquestions.org/questions

 

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Comment by Hazel Owen on April 28, 2014 at 11:39

You have nicely modelled the initial process of inquiry...pre-computer age, and now. By identifying something that you are interested in, finding out general information and then framing up questions, you illustrate how those wider questions might be worked into more specific questions, which could then be explored in greater depth. 

Thanks for your hard work in putting this post together. Always appreciated :-)

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