You can see it on the magazine stands. There are the women's mags for lovers of gossip, car mags for petrol-heads, and the likes of North and South who claim to be the "Magazine for Thinking New Zealand."
There is obviously a place for all three, but I enjoy talking about ideas. I like asking questions!
Where? when? which? who? where? how? and what? are the easy ones to answer. They deal with facts, on the first and second level.
But, like a kid tugging at his father's sleeve, the most interesting question for me, is Why?
- Why do I react that way?
- Why do you believe that?
- Why were you there?
- Why did they do that? say that? think that?
If truth be told, when I go about my daily work, I do use the softer "Wh" questions. I re-phrase the "Why" question so as not to appear hostile. But what I really want to know, is WHY!
I've also heard it said that the questions you ask reveal who you are as the questioner. I'm going to need to think about that one!