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What is the answer to the Question of U?

I don't ask a lot of questions. Socially, that is. I ask way too many professionally. Hanging out with friends, going to events, and back when I was dating and/or aspiring to date in particular I think this has been a real impediment to connecting with people. My thinking has always been "I don't want to pry too much, people like their privacy, if they want me to know about something they'll tell me." Never did it enter my mind back in my 20's or 30's that maybe people wouldn't feel comfortable just coming out and bringing up something for a plethora of reasons ranging from anxiety to social mores to a perception that I wasn't interested because I didn't ask anything personal of anyone. My position in most things in life has been to strive to not offend or upset people on a personal level unnecessarily (politically I'm perfectly happy to offend people). So now I need to develop better social skills to navigate communicating and connecting while still minimizing the cases in which I upset people. Learn every day.
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A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.\r\n\r\n
- Albert Einstein


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