Day 172: June 21 – Asking the Right Questions

~ Le déjeuner sur l’herbe/The Luncheon on the Grass by Édouard Manet

Why are the two gentlemen sitting beside a naked woman? Why is the man on the right making such a gesture? Is the woman at the back bigger than the boat to her right? Who is the only person looking at you? In this painting,

Manet seemed to be challenging the laws of perspective, the conventions of composition and modern morality.



Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.

~ Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy



I think I think; therefore, I think I am.

~ Ambrose Bierce


What Happened

1633: Galileo is condemned to house arrest for the remainder of his life and to public and private penance for his sins by Pope Urban VIII (he was a supporter and personal friend of Galileo).

1675: Sir Christopher Wren starts the reconstruction of St Paul’s Cathedral after it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

1813: The Duke of Wellington defeats the French at the Battle of Vitoria in Spain.


Writers Addendum

We all believe in some things. Philosophy, broadly defined, is a person’s way of life and system of beliefs. A Christian believes in the philosophy of Christianity, A Buddhist monk believes in the philosophy of Buddhism. An atheist believes in that the philosophy of religion is false and make a new religion without a God. A scientist believes in the philosophy of science. 

But sometimes we should just stop and reflect. We should look into the mirror and ask yourself, “am I asking the right questions?” Am I questioning the right things about my beliefs? Sometimes what we believe to be true is not what that really matters. The truth can be very different from the things that we think to be true.

What matters is that we ask the right questions about our beliefs. What matters is that we continuously self-reflect and self-correct.

We should all grow.

And we should all grow in the right direction.

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