Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Amongst all the tremendous innate abilities that Humans have, questioning is one of the most effective on which our race is dependent, and because of only this ability, we flourished. If you are continuously reading this article, then stop here for a while. Was the question raised in your mind when you encountered my first sentence that why the Human race depends on the questioning, and why the author claimed this assertion so powerfully? If yes then great you have a wonderful habit of raising questions, and if not then don’t worry your reasoning maybe is dormant, but after reading this article, it can be rejuvenated.
There is an accepted law that if there is an effect, there is a cause behind it, but if an effect is there, it is a cause for future effects. I know, till here it is getting complex, but let me explain it with an example. For instance, consider a child as an effect of his father as a cause. If the child is there, for sure there will be a father of his, but the child itself is a cause of his future generation. Thus, the cycle of cause-effect is running everywhere in the universe wherein we as a Human exist.
However, the only species, which has the power to understand and alter the circle, is humans. The intrinsic ability lets us not only dissect the causes but also gives us the power to change outcomes according to our desire. But, before getting how we amend the effects, one must have to understand the dynamics of it.
Humans’ learning comes through the experiences in which they existed, through those one might shape his thoughts and imagination. The experiences can be in any form until you have senses: hearing, visioning, tasting, smelling, and touching, to attain them. However, a person can learn also without hearing and visioning. Helen Keller is an exceptional example for all who learned to that level which never conceived. After getting a nascent experience through our senses, our mind starts to interpret the information it received through the experiences that it upholds.
After processing the information, a mysterious stage, which I would argue, has existed that whether the thing which recently received, has to process systematically with extensive reasoning or to be put in the schema by labeling it ordinary. This stage takes anyone to the level of intellectualness. For example, you are sitting in a restaurant, and suddenly, a person, coming through a door, falls. Consider a hypothetical case, there is water on the floor which is not easily visible to someone’s eyes. But, as your mind receive the information that somebody has fallen, your mind would act in two ways either it would label it as an accident and ordinary event, or it starts processing to find the cause.
Evidently, for getting to that stage where the reasoning happens, a person has to delink himself with the present situation. For instance, when you are thinking, you wouldn’t care about what your friend, sitting with you, is saying. All your focus would be on finding the cause why that person fell. Likewise, engaging in a hectic life, to find the reason what is happening around you, you have to disengage yourself with others for a while. The more you disconnect more you are near to understand life, but it is extremely necessary to do experience first before getting into isolation. This is why, Gautama Buddha left his all luxuries and throne, and set him apart from the others to understand life and its purpose.
When you are pragmatically questioning the things which happened in the past, and the consequences that you are facing now, your mind is so good it highlights the points which have linked with the present and connect the dots that led to certain results. It is similar to the algorithmic logic that the mind runs its algorithm by seeing the past pattern created from experience. However, there is an exceptional case with our mind that it can create a new pattern which never been in the brain. This is what we called creativity.
Creativity leads us to create a new idea through which the future could be changed as per our desire. However, the pre-requisite is that you must have past experiences and the analysis of what you are observing in present. Thus, you can figure out the things you are encountering, coincides with the past or not. If the same event is similar to the past, the results are known, and you already know what the consequences would be produced if the same thing continues. For example, you had an extremely harsh discussion with your friend when you tried to tell him something in some manner. This time again you want to say that because you think it is necessary. However, you know, now, that if you would say again in a previous manner, the results would not be good, and the friend would get angry again. Because you already know that what causes generate what effects, you would try to say that thing differently and more politely so the probability of getting desired results could be increased. It is because you reasoned your previous experience that what thing led to the grating effects, you could change the effects.
The reasoning is so powerful in its realm that it is standalone to transform your mind to great. This opens the gate and places the filter in your mind which only allows that factual and critically evaluated knowledge. By remaining conscious about the things happening around you, the enormous positive impact you can produce and can generate the best possible future outcomes. True consciousness is originated through reasoning and questioning. It is the first step of intellectualness. For example, the story about newton also inspired us to ask questions. Why the apple falls rather go up is a question of “Why.”