I’ve been answering the question “how have you been” for the past 9 years. The answer is that I haven’t been any place but on this earth.
That’s the official answer.
The question is also asked with respect to the fact that Ive answered the question. It may be that Ive only been in a particular place for a specific amount of time, but Ive answered the question. Ive been in the United States, Australia, Thailand, Thailand, the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Thailand and Spain.
What can we learn from this? Well, I think Ive learned that I should always answer the question with “I dont know”. The purpose of answering, we know it to be either to create a bit of evidence, or to help us better understand the question. Whether or not Ive answered the question, the question itself still exists.
Some people might say that its a good habit to keep answering questions with I dont know. But I disagree. I think that if you know the question, you can be so sure of what you say, that you have to answer it by simply saying you dont know. This is the way I answer most questions.
The way I answer questions that I don’t know the answer to is by asking myself why I would know that I dont know the answer to the question. If I dont know, then the question is moot anyway. I can just say I dont know, and you still have the question. If I answer the question by saying I dont know, then I also have the question.
If I say I dont know, and you answer by saying, “But I do know,” I have not answered the question at all, so I have not answered the question.
You know, we’ve all learned that you can always find a way to answer a question in one of two ways. Either you can answer the question by saying you don’t know, and then you can say you don’t know, then you can say you don’t know, then you can say you don’t know, then you can say you don’t know, and then you can repeat the question as many times as you want.
The first way, you can answer a question with no knowledge by saying, I dont know. And then you can say, I don;t know, so I don;t know. And that is the second way, you can answer a question with no knowledge by saying, I dont know, so I don;t know.