inquiryEtymology: alteration of Latin inquirere, from in- + querere = to seek to ask about; to search into; to put a question; to make investigation or inquiry

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. – Daniel Boorstin

I don’t know is the first principle. – Shunryu Suzuki

Metaphysics is a questioning in which we inquire into beings as a whole, and inquire in such a way that in so doing we ourselves, the questioners, are therby also included in the question, placed into question. – Martin Heidegger

Inquiry is a dynamic functioning of our consciousness, of our soul, that has to be flexible, responsive, and playful for it to be truly intelligent. It has to be inspired by intelligence and informed by understanding. As you inquire, you need to use your intelligence, and you need to apply whatever understanding you have to the experience of the moment. Inquiry is not a matter of asking a question haphazardly; all questions have to be asked in an organic way. That is what the intelligence is: an organic and appropriate responsiveness to each situation. (A.H. Almaas – Spacecruiser Inquiry, pg 55)