When I first got the assignment to create provocative questions, I was stumped. Apparently “what’s your favourite colour” doesn’t count. I tried so hard to think up some deep, philosophical questions but nothing was coming to me. When we had class time to figure out questions I just wrote the first question that came to mind. Was it deep? No, but I just needed something on my page. Slowly, more questions started coming and they got better as I went along. Then came discussion time. Once discussions began, my mind really started flowing. I was coming up with really interesting questions for myself. I found the whole process quite exciting as this isn’t something I consciously do often.
My questions are as follows (in the order they came about):
- Where do all of the numbers/concepts in math work the way they do? Where did they come from and how did the creators come up with the theories?
- If you could go back in time to save the person you love most from a tragic death but the universe timeline changes along with all of your other loved ones (they act different, aren’t friends with you, don’t know you), would you do it? (*This question is inspired by The Flash*)
- Are there alternate universes? Time travel? Do we live in an alternate universe? (Read Berenstein/ Berenstain Bears theories)
- Where did gender roles come from and why were they “created”? Why do they still exist?
- Where does the desire for popularity come from?
- If we as people had no desire for tangible objects, would we really be happier? “Money doesn’t buy happiness”
- I believe people are born with “giftedness”. If my parents didn’t encourage it as much as they did, would I have lost my giftedness?
- If I (personally, not in general) were born a boy, would I still have my girly traits? Would who I am change before birth? Would I give into the boy stereotype? Would I stay myself?
- What are the colours we don’t see like? Do we all see colour the same way/ generally similarly? Is my orange your purple? Do the colours actually look different but we are taught their name? (This is one I have pondered for a long time but it didn’t come to me until the end of discussion)
The questions I am most excited to pursue at the moment are questions 4-8. These questions involve opinion and many relate to ideas that society forces on people. I like that on the pursuit to answer these questions, I really need to dive deep into my mind in order to figure out my personal answers.
As for questions 1, 2, 3, and 8, they are questions I’d rather put aside for now. These questions are more logic based and not really my style. One day I’d love to hear the answers to these questions but I’m just not passionate enough to find the answers for them myself.
Now, back to the questions I am passionate to learn about. Because the questions don’t really have a finalized answer, I will consider myself “successful” when I have an answer for myself, personally. To come up with my own answer, I need to research the topic and hear other people’s opinions. Whether this be reading blog posts online or asking a family member their thoughts, these are all foundations to help me build up my own answer.
After analyzing my thought process and questions, I have come to the conclusion that I am someone who is quite open-minded. I am interested in people’s opinions, personal beliefs, and values. To me, it is enjoyable hearing different perspectives on ideas and learning why people feel the way they do. When I answer these questions on a personal level, I will also be on a journey to better understand myself.