We who ask the ‘uncool’ questions

Like any other child of the 2000s, I too have always felt the natural impulse to ask questions. No, I don’t mean the typical “Why should I believe in God when I don’t see Him?” kind. I’m talking about questions that are conveniently dismissed on the grounds of being too frivolous and orthodox to fit into context today.

For instance, I’m one of those annoyingly inquisitive people who would actually wonder if some saints could walk on water like they claim to, if the mythical River Saraswati would really break through the ground one day, and if perhaps parallel universes were really a thing.

But what if everything that we’ve been believing because well, there’s scientific proof, are in fact, debatable? And what if those theories that are rejected owing to their religious nature aren’t ‘blind’ belief, but rather perfectly accurate conclusions?

What if I’m wrong? What if I’m right? We live in a world of endless possibility- and the fact that we put forth problems and strive to solve them is what makes us human.

Let’s face it- we’ve heard ‘anything is possible’ too many times now. And yet, why do we sneer at those who believe in something that seems mythical, and in no way could be solved scientifically? Why do we dismiss a question just because it’s already been answered, once, and comes with an apparent scientific evidence?

Does the very idea of scientific proof backing our beliefs comfort us so much that we refuse to face anything else? Or are we intimidated by the fact that there’s so much out there we might not know- not now, not ever?

Remember that we all once believed that the Earth was flat, before it was claimed to be a sphere. And we all believed that the Earth was a sphere, before it was confirmed an oblate spheroid. How many times did they remake the periodic table to finally arrive at the one we use today? A century ago, people would have never believed that one day we wouldn’t have to meet face-to-face to establish communication. The newspapers will always have something new to tell us.

But the problem is not about which possibility is right and which is wrong. It’s about the people who silence the youth of today from asking the question. It’s about those who hide behind science and lead the world in a single direction, encouraging the social boycott of anyone looking the other way.

You, who has tried to influence us into feeling naive when we question science and believe religion- you, who promotes only a single, biased school of thought- and you, who has tried to kill our curiosity by calling it ‘absurd’ to imagine the seemingly impossible- this is our response to all of you.

We are the children of today, and we’re here to change that. If you think you’ve succeeded in your attempt to brainwash us with your weakly-crafted ‘Science tells all’ theory, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you haven’t.

We are here to prove to the world that there isn’t just more than one answer to every question, there are also endless possibilities behind every answer.

What must be encouraged among the youth today is not just to question the things that have no scientific evidence, but also the things that do.

Because that’s the beauty of science. It will keep changing, it will keep evolving, it will keep telling us newer things every day. Science grows with us. Science is everything that is human- it is a dynamic, fast-paced and complex institution. And it’s definitely not the absolute answer to every question.

But that’s exactly the point I want to make– nothing is the absolute answer to every question- not science, not religion, not history. And when we accept that, there’s so much that we can do. We most certainly do not have all the answers. But you are doing the world more good than harm in allowing us to ask the question.

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106 thoughts on “We who ask the ‘uncool’ questions

    1. Hi, Krishnapriya! Firstly, thank you so much for reading. And secondly, I’m so honoured to be nominated for the award 🙂 Thanks a bunch! I’ll definitely be posting about it soon, but not today since I like to have a weekly posting schedule and I just posted this 🙂 hope that’s okay! thanks again, my friend ❤

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    1. Hey, Robert! Thanks so much for the nomination. I’m truly honoured 🙂 I’ll certainly post about the award on my blog soon since I like to have a weekly posting schedule, maybe not right away. I’ll let you know, anyway 🙂 ❤

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  1. Thanks for writing such an intriguing post. First of all, we are forced to believe and grown in the thought if not God will punish us.. so kinda we are really suppressed to accept the truth.. Not sure if all our mythical writings are true and we are grown up such a way to question every possibility of getting a best answer like we tried with iterations to get a final periodic table as you said..

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        1. :)) haha athu umna thaan. But here I was trying to address the other side of it- how the so-called ‘modern and forward-thinking’ people aren’t open to questions about things that science may not prove. Ethu epdiyo, it’s time we take over and bring about change.

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  2. I think, that is why I exist, it’s not that I think because I exist. Posing questions should judged as a symptom of developed mind, doesn’t matter how unusual the question is. Liked your presentation.

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  3. This is so well written. I agree, science is more often than not used as a tool to shun the core essence and beliefs of mankind there is so much more to us than Laboratories verifying the real nature of things. There is hope, inner strength which does miracles in life only if we are brave enough to acknowledge it

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  4. This excellently written essay reminds me of what Hamlet once said to Horatio, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

    As for the question, “How can God exist if we can’t see him?”, Canadian novelist and writer W.O. Mitchell once responded with the title of one of his novels, “Who has seen the wind?”.

    And science has yet to explain the mystery of love.

    In fact in an Agatha Christie novel, her Belgian detective character Hercule Poirot (who uses the scientific detective reasoning and deductive methods of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes) said to an old female friend of his as they stood on the balcony of a great English country mansion and watched a young couple in the garden kiss below, “There is one mystery that even I the great Hercule Poirot will never be able to solve and that is the Mystery of Love.”

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Dracul (wow, cool name haha). I completely agree. There are a ton of things that science can’t prove. And sometimes I wonder if science really has to prove everything. So what if science actually proves love? How is that going to affect us? The same with God’s existence. If science proves that God exists or doesn’t exist, I still would believe in my God. Science is vulnerable. It will try so hard to prove something but in the end how much does it matter?

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  5. This brought back memories of me as a child. I still am very, very curious about everything I see and hear and sense. It is what makes me unique. So glad to come across someone who reminds me of who I was at your age. Powerful words from you! Thanks girl!

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  6. Every line I read through in this post, I could feel myself, till maybe in different words, we are the same things. My perspective of this world drifts in a similar sort of dance. Everything my life concepts are moulded of so far… <3. Loved this!!

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