“There is an exception to every rule.”
“Rules are meant to be broken.”
Actually, no–when the intent is to ride off the efforts of others or to cut in line or to take more than your fair share–it’s not okay to ask.
It’s just selfish. No matter how it is sliced.
On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt to ask when we are afraid that our question might make us look stupid. It doesn’t hurt to ask when we expose ourselves, when we admit I don’t know the answer.
No physical harm comes from asking the right questions.
It doesn’t hurt to ask when we choose to be vulnerable.