The Answer Is Pointless If We Don’t Know The Question
Inspiration of the Day
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
13th Century Sufi Poet
So Now What?
You may have read Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy books. In the first novel, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42.
Deep Thought points out that the answer seems meaningless because the beings who instructed it never actually knew what the Question was.
Maybe before we look for any more answers we should make sure we really know what the questions are.