Questions, Answers and Actions
Knowledge is the key. The question is, the key to what? After obtaining this proverbial key, where do we go? What good will it do? What will we uncover? It seems as though the more questions we ask, the more we learn and discover the world around us and the more we learn and discover, the more questions we ask, and so the cycle repeats. It’s a cycle of growth that allows us to uncover bits and pieces about the world we live in.
After all that, I guess it becomes pretty obvious that questions and questioning the world around you is pretty important. Sure it’s essential to fundamental scientific breakthroughs and self-discovery, yet does all this questioning get you anywhere? Do these questions mean anything without answers? Does asking all these questions get you anywhere if you don’t act upon them? This is Hamlet’s predicament. He’s filled with questions, yet between all his questioning and philosophical thinking, there’s no action. Throughout the play he goes on THINKING about how Claudius murdered his father, he QUESTIONS his life and yet there’s not much ACTING upon his thoughts, no actions to implement the answers he feels are correct.
I think a lot of us go through this as well. We wake up every morning, go to school, sit in class, and prepare our minds for a wealth of knowledge that could potentially mean nothing at all to us. Sometimes I wonder whether a lot of us actually learn through the current education system. Sure it works for some people (I certainly have no quarrels with it, though getting higher marks would be a nice) but do the majority of us students actually learn? Sure we ask questions in class and ponder different ideas and theories and laws, but once that bell rings or that exam is over, do you act upon the questions we asked? Do we actually search for answers to those newly discovered questions? Do we act upon those answers in hopes to make this world a better place? I think that is the question.