The Question, by Leigh Bortins
Coming in October to ClassicalConversationsBooks.com!
“In college, my classmates were often annoyed with me; I kept asking questions, so the professors kept talking, sometimes beyond the bell. One day, there was an audible groan from my classmates. I turned around and said, ‘Look, I’m paying good money to ask this guy questions. Just leave if you don’t want to stay late.’ The professor gave me a C in the class. (He did not like me, either.) I asked so many questions because the professor insisted on an existential response, in the tradition of Nietzsche, to everything we read. I did not even understand what he was talking about, but I was sure he was wrong. So, I kept asking him to explain how what he said could be true. He did not ask questions to lead an exploration of ideas. I was being told to think a certain way, and he couldn’t adequately explain or defend his bias.