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  1. The essence of whether something is right or wrong is highly subjective and relative,depending on what it is about.In this case, in my opinion, the right question will be one that will touch the very child inside us, arouse curiosity,interest.That's what I think is the right question.

    From another point of view,when talking about a site like TheQuestion,it may be incorrect to ask a question that,like solving an equation, we may not have enough variables to solve.For example, a question from the Series “What is my name?” or “What kind of dress/hat/T-shirt will suit me” may be incorrect,since we simply do not have variables for solving problems.Using the last case as an example, we can say that without knowing your preferences and shapes, we can't tell you anything.

  2. The right question is the one that will make us happy or at least put us out of our misery. All the rest is idle curiosity. So the right questions start with trying to understand who I am, what my true nature is, why I don't want to die, even though I know I'm doomed to die. Without finding the right answer to this question, a person will not be able to find the right answer to another question that torments everyone: “Why haven't I become cloudlessly happy yet, despite all my sincere attempts to find happiness? Why do I suffer and how do I get rid of suffering?” In other words, the right questions are questions that bring us closer to a proper understanding of who I really am and what I should do.

  3. Robert Sheckley has a story called that: “The right question.” Those who are interested can read the full story, it's worth it. I quote only (spoiler alert!) the definition of the correct question: “To ask a question correctly, you need to know most of the answer.”

  4. There are different types of questions, whether they are correct or incorrect. For example, the simplest ones, even if it's “What time is it?”. As you can see, the question is wrong. At least because it is formulated against the Russian language. Or even a simple question addressed to, say, a lady: “How old are you?”, is formulated not against the Russian language, but incorrectly from the point of view of etiquette. Another example. When you're tipsy when you go back to your favorite Altufevo at dusk, and three burly guys in caps ask you ” What time is it?”, “Do you have a smoke?” or “What the fuck is it?”, they don't really care what time it is or if you have a smoke. But they may be wondering if your watch is expensive. These are the wrong questions, because they can't be answered correctly. (Regarding the” problem of eba”, the philosopher Peter Kouseli said so: it has no solution).

    But the difficult question is: “What is justice?”. When Socrates asked this question in The State, for example, he himself had an answer to it, and he wanted to hear it from the young people with whom he was talking. It was not for nothing that Elder Cephalus, who gave a good answer in principle, left, because his position did not correspond to the views of Socrates, and the latter, realizing that the smell of roast meat, put his own son against Socrates. As you know, Socrates himself told everything, and young people had to nod approvingly or ask again not quite clear parts of his speech. That is, this is also an incorrect question, because the correct answers to it are not classified by the questioner as correct.

    However, incorrect questions can become correct if they are evaluated as such by those who are going to answer them. That is, the correct question becomes correct only after the addressee of the question classifies it as “correct” – just as the questioner determines the correctness of the answer (being satisfied with factual information, satisfying curiosity, matching their own ideas or agreeing with the position of the respondent) to the question posed.

    In particular, I would formulate the question “What is the right question?” in terms of the omnipotence paradox. That is, as an answer to the correct question ” What is the correct question?”, I would ask it this way: can a person ask the correct question, which he himself will not be able to give the correct answer? And the answer to it could be: maybe this is the right question “What is the right question?”.

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