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In fact, now I come to think of it, do we decide questions, at all? We decide answers, no doubt: but surely the questions... Options
Daemon
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In fact, now I come to think of it, do we decide questions, at all? We decide answers, no doubt: but surely the questions decide us? It is the dog, you know, that wags the tail—not the tail that wags the dog.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
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We decide our questions and answers, as we decide our enemies and friends... Ultimately, it's our responsibility.
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Curiosity leads us.
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Some scholars seem to think that the tail wags the dog. At least, they propound very similar theories.
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I also come to think of it, Mr. Carroll. If human beings live according to the dictates of their own innate sense of reason and integrity, everything will run smoothly, without the need for questions, armies [Militia/Militaries], governments, or laws! According to the power of Utopia, the greatest good comes from the individual cultivation of strength of character as long as there is unity and sound administration between men and women ... Most discipline is hidden discipline, designed not to liberate but to limit. Do not ask Why? Be cautious with How? Why? leads inexorably to paradox. How? traps you in a universe of cause and effect. Both deny the infinite.

-- The Apocrypha of Arrakis
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If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
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That thing about the dog might not be entirely true . . .
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As a teacher I've learned that questions don't "decide" us. Questions lead us, often in directions contrary to our expectations. In the end it is not even how we respond or answer a question that is important but the road we take to formulate those answers that is important.
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42.
This, according to author Douglas Adams, is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
And only when you know the real question will you be able to make true sense of the meaning contained within the answer.
42.
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On the linked Encyclopedia page about Lewis Carroll, the following quote appears: "Although numerous satiric and symbolic meanings have been read into Alice's adventures, the works can be read and valued as simple exercises in fantasy. Carroll himself said that in the books he meant only nonsense.”
So, given this, to me it begs this question: Could this statement just be one of Carroll’s many flights of fantasy? And if it is, any answer I apply to it is as applicable as any answer anybody else applies to it. So questions can be decided and tails can wag dogs.
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Daemon wrote:
In fact, now I come to think of it, do we decide questions, at all? We decide answers, no doubt: but surely the questions decide us? It is the dog, you know, that wags the tail—not the tail that wags the dog.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)


If we don't decide (the right) questions, never mind deciding answers: the dog is wagging its tail the wrong way.
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