Technically, yes. But not to eke out to five hundred words.
Which means I have to work out a way to say no it isn’t, and then take a few hundred words to lay out why, then slowly twist it back to a yes.
Questions are weird, that’s one thing I’ve noticed. I don’t know if its my innate two-sidedness, or indecision (typical Gemini), but I seem to be incapable of answering a question in just one way. My default answer is ‘yes, except when it isn’t’. Or the opposite. This is probably a useful tactic to be able to draw upon in this particular game, and its definitely what’s made me hit this level of productivity, even if it hasn’t made for the most exciting of blogs.
It’s a tough one. I don’t think the questions are easy, but I have a way of finding something to say for all of them, unfortunately, I think that method of answering leaves my answers feeling somewhat washed out. Too much time spent on semantics, or working up an argument that I’m going to fade out at the end.
On the other hand, I don’t think the world comes in distinct and solid notions. It makes sense to explore the grey areas, because that’s where we’re living. It must be so, as that’s the only way so many people can have so many different views. If you think you’re right, and everyone else is wrong, then you have to be careful about your view of reality. It doesn’t matter how right you are, if nobody else agrees, because reality is a shared experience.
We’re all in this together.
So there may be a benefit to seeing both, all three, or an infinite number of answers to any question. Life works as a kind of kaleidoscope. We’re all looking at the same pile of rocks, but from different angles, with different mirrors, our final image is unique to us.
But just shared enough, based on the same patterns.
When someone asks you a question, they’re inviting you to look at a portion of the world. The question holds a viewpoint, sometimes clearer than others, and asks you to broaden it, or confirm it.
Even when I agree, I can’t help but use my short time to broaden perspectives. That, at the very least, is my goal.
Even the easiest question to answer can teach you something about something, if you dig around it enough.
So that’s what I do. That’s how I deal with questions. I hope I do something similar in real life, although not to quite the extent. It would probably be irritating as a conversational tic to respond to any question with 500 words of pontification.
I can totally see me doing that.
So yes, this question is easy to answer, but I try to answer the hard way. All the time.
I hope that works out interesting and educational for the everybody, but that’s optimistic.
At least it’s fun, right?
Illustration by Billy