Gunther: Woe to those who ask too much.
Liao: Yeah. Questioning is usually tolerated only within limits.
Nadya: Mmm . . . we're trained to be obedient from the cradle. Yet blind obedience is ultimately stupid. It's good to question why many phenomena exist.
Bill: Questioning is okay, but we we can understand only a small fraction of the questions. The world is simply too complex and our lifespans are too brief. For than reason, most of our "answers" are essentially expedients: they represent simplifications of phenomena that are inherently complex.
Liao: Critical questioning might be annoying, but it is essential. Indeed, it's through questioning that many discoveries and innovations arise.
Gunther: Every system has its thresholds. When societies are robust and healthy, lots of criticism and questioning is tolerated. However, under stress conformity is often demanded. As Quetelet notes, there's a mathematics to social processes.
Bill: I find it fascinating how some dictators almost welcome stress: it gives them a chance to consolidate power – at least for a short term. Few dictators are far-sighted enough to realize power requires a broad base to be sustainable.
Gus: (sighing) You guys are over my head . . . I feel disconnected from this pseudo-conversation.

Dis-Connect . . . an art work and inquiry by T Newfields