The advice to question everything comes from a local radio show host who shared this lesson with his sons. He told them to question every “fact” they were presented with and to not simply assume the person speaking was knowledgeable about what they were talking about or being truthful.
The sad fact of the matter is we live in a highly politicized world. Every topic has political sides and if you believe Horton Heard a Who is better than the Cat in the Hat, then you are a Nazi, literally.
With everything so polarized, it is common for people to twist even simple, benign things to fit some sort of agenda. While we grown men who have witnessed and experienced most of the tricks both sides of the political spectrum have to offer, your sons and daughters are at risk.
To be quite frank, a child or young teen simply doesn’t have the mental faculties to defend themselves against an adult bent on persuading them to believe something. This is why the left has spent so much time and effort infiltrating and feminizing the public school systems and colleges. Rigorous debate and the exchanging of ideas, no matter how “dangerous” they might be has fallen by the wayside to preserve feelings.
As the title of this article suggests, you need to teach your child very early that they should question everything and no, this doesn’t excuse them to play the “Why?” game all day, every day.
Rather, encourage your children to dig deep into statements being presented to them and ask questions that try to find the truth buried deep at the bottom.
This may seem common sense to us, but you must think as a young child may think. Young children see adults as figures of authority who know all and see all. If an adult tells a child, with complete seriousness, that snakes live in toilets, that child will be checking his toilet very carefully every time he needs to pee.
Instill a natural curiosity into your children and help them learn to ask better questions. These skills will serve them well in the future as well as make sure they don’t become a pushover in later years.
One Side Benefit
One final topic related to this discussion, but that didn’t really tie in well anywhere else is the subject of agreeability and annual income. Being an agreeable person is closely tied with lower pay. Why is this?
Quite simply, because the person doesn’t ask for the raise. They don’t assert themselves. They don’t ask the question “What if?” and thus resign themselves to earning less than they deserve.
A side benefit of teaching your child early to question everything is they become comfortable asking tough questions – tough for someone to answer or tough for them to ask.
Yes, the simple act of asking questions and not merely taking someone at their word lowers your agreeableness, thus making you more likely to succeed.
Who’d have thought?