My Dear Sons,
You must always ask questions. The truth is hard to find. But more difficult, and therefore a more worthy pursuit, is to find your voice. Knowing when to expose the elephant in the room is the first mission of your mind amongst others.
The most obvious questions are the ones that need answers soonest. You’ll know these questions by their ability to go unanswered by someone talking as if the answer is unimportant or already known.
You must have discernment. Which is to separate one thing from another. You must discern ideas, questions, and even answers.
When you are unsatisfied by the answers you receive, you must seek the truth in whatever way you have. You will find the truth among the things you cannot disprove.
That means everything you know must be proven. Not accepted.
Never accept that the truth cannot change. To change is to exist.
You will change throughout your life…
Your eyes will see more as you grow. You will taste many cuisines of food as you live. You will have better questions the more of them you ask.
I’m not asking you to stay unsatisfied, but skeptical. Not to be pessimists, but to be hard to please when it comes to the information you receive.
And I’m urging you not to be foolish.
It is the fool who believes information that does not fit with his prior knowledge. But it is also the fool who does not change his knowledge to reflect new information.
How do you know the difference?
Let me give you a lesson in a common weapon often misused: Logic.
Informational logic relies on cause and effect. A cause starts a process. An effect is produced by a process.
In this case, the process is your train of thought. A train of thought is the trail of your information. On this trail, each landmark is a source of pieces of information you learned.
Remember when you learned what the color red was? Do you remember when cars painted that color became red cars? When toys became color coded? Clothes? Buildings?
This is how information works. Once you learn something, it is applied to similar subjects and connections are made. Information is connected by sources, and used to begin a process. The effects are known as products.
At this point, you may have a thousand questions. That effect is produced on purpose. I want you to find the answers to your questions using the people around you first. And whether you are satisfied with the answers you get or not, notice if your question has changed, and then put your questions into a search engine online. Google works best, though it is never the end of the logic.
You are now equipped for inquiry in the information age.