We occasionally ask ourselves the great questions, like where did we come from, why are we here, and where will we go? They are considered to be guides to the final question, what should we be doing now?
There is an old saying, something like, “The opposite of a little question is foolishness, but the opposite of a great question is a great question itself.” Now, assuming the usual existential questions are great questions, their opposites should be great questions too. But what is the opposite of “Where did we come from?” Is it “Did we come from somewhere?” or “Can we observe others like ourselves coming into being, and then assume we came into being by the same processes?” or “Did you and I, the we I just supposed, come from the same place, and can we now compare our experiences?” “Are there an infinite number of opposite questions to any question?” If any given question can have a number of different interpretations, then it follows that each of these can have a number of interpretations and thus the possibilities quickly expand to a vast number, and thus the question of reversing the question becomes ridiculously complex and thus meaningless.
Perhaps a really good question is so obvious and precise that everyone instantly comprehends what it means, and if that were the case then its opposite would be equally precise and thus full of meaning too. I don’t recall ever encountering such a clear question, but if there were such questions they would probably prove to be mirrors of each other, and not bring about anything of practical use.
It is this kind of verbal play that drives me toward empirical thinking and consequent experimentation, and away from careful verbal thinking. It is a similar effect created by thoughts instead of action that drives me away from words like love and empathy and towards completed behavior like completed public art and personal kind acts.
It works best to do what has been proven to work and avoid seemingly good ideas.