Our actions are questions

An epigraph for a chapter in a book I read recently.  The quote is from John le Carre’s A Perfect Spy:

Sometimes, Tom, we have to do a thing in order to find out the reason for it.  Sometimes our actions are questions, not answers.

It reminds me a of a line from the ZBS radio drama, Moon Over Morocco, about “entering into the process” that I’ve used often.  The world is rife with complexity and results are not always predictable.  Sometimes it’s wiser to act, see the results, and then adjust, than to spend too much time planning.

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