Some people collect comic books, or movie posters, or pez dispensers. I like questions.
Whenever I come across a question that is particularly provocative or surprising, I take note. Some questions are incredibly rare. Some are even dangerous.
How can a question be dangerous? Hundreds of years ago, Galileo was threatened with jail for asking "Does the Earth revolve around the Sun?" Millions of people have been killed over "Don't we all deserve the same rights?" And "Who controls a woman's choices about her body?" can still divide a family, or a country.
But even more dangerous are the questions we don't ask — the ones so potent that saying them aloud would obliterate the structures of power, privilege, and certainty. "Are their needs really less valid than mine?" "Can I think of specific ways in which I'm wrong?" And one of my favorites: "Is it possible my perspective is … Read More