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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Not Who I Thought It Was

"I don't necessarily agree with everything I say." - Marshall McLuhan

I thought this was a Mark Twain quote.  I have used it as a personal motivator to not think I had things figured out, or more accurately to not become complacent.  It is my "excuse quote" when I change my mind.

If readers haven't figure this out about me, I enjoy playing the devil's advocate on issues; especially when others believe they have arrived at a conclusion.  To me learning never has a conclusion.  It's not so much about "life-long learning" as it is that most people I know, and know of, draw conclusions before all the data is in.  That doesn't mean we shouldn't give an opinion along the way, just be sure there wiggle room remaining when new information arrives.

Funny though...as I get older, I don't do this as much as I used to.  I think it is because I'm not in the classroom.  Kids loved the approach when I would debate against the class.  I would take the "unpopular" side of an issue and let them try to convince me they were right.  Okay, truth is...I loved it too. 

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