The Importance of Questions


From a young age our society teaches kids that there are dumb questions to be asked. Asking too many questions is to be looked down upon. Worst of all, if you have a question many others around you know the answer too, you are seen as dumb for not already knowing.

This mindset irks me to my core. I am so glad to say that I didn’t grow up in an environment that was negative about questions. Sure siblings could occasionally tell me to be quiet or give me a limit to how many questions I could ask in a given time period, but I was never restricted.

Recently I saw a video from The New York Times YouTube channel called “How Does Life Live? A Little Girl Wants to Know. | Op-Docs” that made me cry. A mom recorded tons of questions that her daughter had asked in the past and had her repeat them. It was moving.

I got hit with the immediate realization that one day I will have a child. I will have the responsibility of nurturing the curious mind of that child to always question, never assume, and slow to judge. These attributes are the foundation of a life that wants to seek out knowledge and then use that knowledge responsibly.

I want to make sure that child will have the confidence in their curiosity to discard those who believe in stupid questions, and ask away as they grow as people. Being able to question opens you up to new information and changing information that effect the world around you.

As much as I do not wish to be a father soon, I am beginning to pray and seek knowledge for how to nurture these traits.

If you wish to watch that YouTube video I referenced, here it is!


A blog post about blogging

Hello there,

Nice to meet you.

I am Andrew Steven Miles. Many call me Andy. Few call me Andrew. Some call me Andy Panda. One friend calls me Andle the Sandle and a few coworkers call me Chandler. Don’t ask me how I got these names, that is beyond me. I leave it up to those who feel the need to call me something else.

This place is not for you, but for I. There will more than likely be grammatical and spelling errors, as well as opinions and content you may not like or find appealing. That is ok. I hope something here will eventually suit your fancy and take your attention off the world for a few seconds at a time, or minutes. Maybe eventually hours.

Let us not get ahead of ourselves now. This is only the first post after all. And so begins the joining of another voice entering the void that is the world wide web of intercommunication and information.  I hope you may enjoy yourself.

If you ever get the need to speak to me for any reason, contact me. Just as I may post here you can reply (I think and hope) or shoot me an email or follow the social media I have on Instagram or twitter (where I may post slightly more or less frequently than the spotty post on here) @Alacriiity because others took Alacrity and Alacriity.

Cheerful willingness; eagerness
This is what I try to embody. If you catch me not, let me restate, tell me through any means you wish.
Goodbye… for now.