Reader question #17: Why I prefer food for thought

Reader question #17: Why I prefer food for thought

Every month, I publish an answer to a reader’s question. Here’s a transcript of my answer to a reader’s question about my decision to provide readers food for thought.

I love reading your answers to readers’ questions, book reviews, the weekly newsletter, and more of the things you write. You seem to consciously provide people food for thought. Why is that important to you?
I like to think of myself as a curious person. Curious, but not omniscient. I always felt more comfortable asking questions and gaining knowledge while doing so. I like it how kids often ask questions because they are not in any way concerned about whether their question could be perceived as inappropiate. I don’t feel the need to simplify reality to what’s right and what’s wrong, because it will give me or certain people the invisible permission to say that their version of “good” is more valuable. Life is uncertain, the moment I start to see myself as someone who has all the answers I will be stuck. I’ve found that questioning ourselves and the world around us often leads to more interesting conversations. It shifts the focus from asking to agree or disagree with someone, to asking them to learn something new.

So yes, this is not a blog of prescriptions. It’s more interesting to me to provide people food for thought. That’s the way I like it, and that’s just me. But I do hope this blog will serve its readers as a catalyst for conversation.

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Thank you for reading. This reader’s question is part of the Ask Me Anything series. Feedback from you, the reader, is important to me. Want to ask me a question for next month? Send me your question via [email protected]

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