“Good questions outrank easy answers.” – Paul Samuelson
Daily Nugget of Gold 1420
Although this publication isn’t a religious one, we started out yesterday with a verse from the Bible, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. We’re looking at this because the advice offered there has scientific as well as religious underpinnings. We’re going to talk about searching externally in a moment, but let’s first look at what we mean by “scientific”.
When we search for the answer to a particular problem, we are at once also saying that we don’t currently have the answer. It’s as if a mental vacuum is created. It’s like we took the air out of a jar, and then when we search, it’s as if we then open it. The air rushes into the jar, much like the answers would flow to us provided we have made room for them. If we feel we know everything already, no such transaction can take place. “The teacher will appear when the student is ready” is the famous quote.
Last time we discussed searching internally, looking within ourselves for the answers. This time we’ll touch on why we want to ask for help when we’re stuck. This has two purposes, one is we have an opportunity to build another person up as we seek information. The other is that we create circumstances which might move us forward with what we’re trying to do. Both things are good, are they not?
When we tell someone we value their opinion and then ask them what they might do in a similar situation, we are making them feel good about themselves. This is provided, of course, that we don’t become argumentative with them but rather approach them with an inquisitive mind which is genuinely looking for fresh input. It’s okay if we don’t agree with their advice, we’re not looking for things we agree with, we’re searching for things we hadn’t considered, or perhaps hadn’t fully examined from their perspective.
We want to listen intently as we do this and as we get suggestions, it might be useful to say, “Hey, let me jot this down so I don’t forget it”. Let’s add the information to our master list of ideas that we’ve gotten by sitting down and thinking of solutions ourselves.
Next time let’s look at a neat feature having to do with searching in a meditative state. See you then!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What things could I use help with?”
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