Ask the Stupid Questions a guest post by Professor Ornery Dragon
Go ahead. Ask them. I was in a discussion the other day that ended up on the topic of asking questions of teachers, lecturers, speakers, etc. And it was brought up that many people never asked questions, even on topics they didn’t understand, because they figured that they were the only one in the audience or class who didn’t understand the topic. That is simply untrue.
I used to tell my students that the only truly stupid questions were those which asked about whatever I had just said. For example, me: “The exam will cover these topics <list of topics>.” Student: “What’s on the exam?” That’s a stupid question. Asking me for clarification, definition, further explanation, background, history, etc. Those are not stupid questions, even if you assume you are the only one in the room who doesn’t get it. I emphasized to my students that if they asked what they thought was a basic or stupid question that I could guarantee about 80% of the rest of the class would be thinking “Oh, thank GOD you asked that! I had no idea what Professor Ornery was talking about!”
Asking the “stupid” questions applies to our current political and social situations. The CDC and its attendant sycophantic media outlets (i.e. mainstream media) have decided that the horrifying, frightening, xenomorph’s evil twin delta variant is GOING TO KILL US ALL!! Based on this latest freak out, I have some questions and you all should too. These questions must be asked out loud, so that those freaking out, and those pushing them to freak out, are forced to actually provide answers. I’m not saying those answers will be accurate, true, or even useful. BUT the point of asking out loud is to force the issue into the middle of the room. If you don’t ask the questions then those who use the panic of citizens to fuel their power will assume you are in agreement and are suitably cowed with panic.
It is up to us, the recipients of the panic to stop panicking and ASK THE STUPID QUESTIONS. Make people explain things. Make your coworkers, friends, and family members explain things. One thing that the CDC cannot explain is why they used a non-peer reviewed article that was originally rejected for publication as the basis for their decision to reverse course on masks. Why are they using this bad information/bad research?
Could it be because they require panic in order to maintain their status as “experts?” Could it be because they don’t actually know what they’re doing? Could it be because they’re all little bureaucratic Napoleons who get mad when people don’t pay attention to them all the time?
So, I’ve come up with some questions that everybody needs to be asking out loud. Remember that “out loud” part.
- Why is the CDC using that non-peer reviewed report?
- Do the vaccines work? If not, why not?
- If the vaccines don’t work, why are we being pressured to get them?
- If the vaccines don’t work, why are you thinking about forcing us to get them?
- If the vaccines do work, why are people still getting sick?
- If the vaccines do work, why are you going back to masks?
- Why do “experts” seem to think that “highly transmissible” and “more dangerous/lethal” mean the same thing?
- Why do “experts” get upset when us hoi-polloi go to their websites and get their data and run our own analyses?
Those are the ones I came up with for the WuFlu. There are others I have for our political elites (bear in mind, I have ideas as to answers, but these are questions that need to be asked out loud and in public):
- Why does Jen Psaki still have a job? Why does Fauci?
- Why are BLM or antifa protests fine, but protests against current/proposed policies deemed “superspreader events” before they even start?
- How is it that no one in the White House recognizes Alzheimer’s when it’s right in front of them?
- What makes you think we don’t see the dementia?
- Why is Harris the VP when she couldn’t even make it to the Iowa caucuses?
- Why do you think that our freedoms are something the government gave us?
- Just so we can prepare…what’s the next crisis you’re going to dream up?
I know there are more questions that people have. So, start asking! Don’t be afraid. Even if you have a job that you think may be jeopardized, these questions can be raised in an innocent I’m-just-seeking-information kind of way. The trick is to make the person lecturing you (for your own good of course) explain their lecture. So, when they’re telling you about masks, ask where the CDC data came from. Ask where your coworker/friend/family member got the information, ask for links.
Keep asking. Restate their comments back to them – “So, you’re saying…” If they get angry, ask why they’re angry. If they ask why you won’t mask or vaccinate, that’s your cue to go back and ask where the data comes from. Ask them how many people they think have died from delta variant. Ask them to examine their premises and assumptions.
Ask, ask, ask.
Don’t be afraid to ask the “stupid questions.” It’s even better if you can do that in front of an audience. Like in my classes, I can guarantee that a large percentage of your audience will be thinking “oh, thank GOD somebody asked! I didn’t understand that either!”
Go ask stupid questions!
Be that guy!
And keep asking questions out loud.