And this is one of the major questions of our lives: how we keep boundaries, what permission we have to cross boundaries, and how we do so.
When Christians start thinking about Jesus, things start breaking down, they lose their faith. It's perfectly possible to go to church every Sunday and not ask any questions, just because you like it as a way of life. They fear that if they ask questions they'll lose their Christ, the very linchpin of their religion.
One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.
Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
I follow a simple formula when I compose. I ask myself, 'What would the audience want to hear?' and 'Why would they buy my CDs?' And the process of answering these questions through music follows. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it backfires.
I think sports and bodybuilding were the only things that saved me from getting beat up. People are not pleased, for whatever reason, when you can answer all the questions in class. If not for the respect I got from track, cross-country, wrestling and bodybuilding, it would have been a disaster.
But a lot of shows, they pose questions and they give you a puzzle where there's no solution.
In order for answers to become clear, the questions have to be clear.
Even as a kid, classmates asked pointed personal questions about my family. I have conditioned myself to handle it with maturity.
When there is stuff being written about your family and people ask you questions which are very personal in nature, it makes you defensive and almost makes you angry.