Ignoring Bad Questions

Many times I see people ask questions which only demonstrate they have no clue what they are even talking about; they don’t even understand well enough to know what to ask. Not only about liberty, but regarding science and other things I actually know a little about.

I used to try to answer the questions, or explain why the question didn’t make sense and suggest a different approach.

Now I try to ignore them.

Part of me feels bad about that. No, it’s not my job to “correct” everyone, and I have come to realize most people don’t appreciate it anyway. But I also feel guilty when I understand what a person needs to know about a subject they obviously have an interest in, but don’t understand well enough to even ask reasonable questions. But maybe I’m projecting too much of myself onto them.

I have also come to realize people often ask the wrong questions because that’s the only way to come to the conclusion they have decided they want to come to.

Ignoring such questions still feels like shirking a responsibility. And it makes me uncomfortable, even while realizing it’s probably the right thing to do in most cases.

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Kent McManigal

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