A man's intelligence is not measured by how well he answers questions, but by the quality of questions he asks.- Bishop Mark Omonze
This statement set me to thinking on the day I heard it from daddy. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Unfortunately, our educational system here is designed mostly in the question and answer format. Thus, your scope is restricted to reasoning out the answers to the questions you are asked.
On the other side of the divide, is the individual who reasons beyond the questions he is asked: but goes on to develop his own questions. Bill Gates probably asked himself " how do i simplify the use of computers? Is it not possible to reduce all these programs? How do I make using computers simpler?" Forgive me my creative liberties, but that train of thought led us to the use of Windows and the mouse.... The result? User friendly computers. Multiplier effect? He's on the worlds richest list and has been for quite a number of years.
This was also reiterated by a recent experience, where I was watching some beautiful children. I discovered that children while performing a singular task will come up with 5ways of getting it done. They are creative and utilise their imaginations a lot. So it leaves you wondering what happened to that particular child as he grew older and used his/her brain less. My take? By limiting their creative outlets and teaching them to stereotype their thought processes to the question and answer syndrome. Thus in 12 or 15years, that once very imaginative person, finds it difficult to answer an applied question.
Painful isnt it? However, we can remedy it. By taking a serious look at this next quote and doing something about it.
Only 5% of humans THINK.
15% like to think they are THINKING.
The remaining 80% would rather die than THINK........-Anonymous
So, let's be challenged into putting our brains to use......... Imagine what we could achieve when we do.