Yesterday’s Catch began with a quote from the writings of Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, and one sentence in particular deserves a closer look: “Every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.”
How is it that the question has a greater power than the answer? Why does the power not lie in the answer? Because then the search would be over. End of story. No challenge, no debate, no discussion, no speculation, no wondering, no mystery. Just answers.
Answers lead to arrogance, to being right, to lording it over those who don’t. Answers lead to control, to proving others wrong, and those with all the answers would hold all the cookies.
But there is a greater power in the question. The question leads to the power of faith, the power of a child, the power of weakness. Questions bring us together in humility. Questions make us need each other. They lead us on quests, and they lead us to accept the help of others who are seeking the same thing.
Questions force our minds open; answers close them.
Now there are some answers (usually the right ones) that bring with them a whole new set of questions such as Jesus. Jesus is the answer, but we’ll never get to the bottom of that question.
And that’s good!