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Why?

I think the word "why" is one of the best words in the English language.

I have that classic image of a young child asking an adult over and over, "but why?", "why", "why" and "why" again.

Have you ever thought of doing the same thing? Have you tried starting with one simple question and asking why to that question repeatedly? The word “why” is one of the only words in English that can be used as a response to almost anything.

Personally, asking why has always led me to profound questions and even more profound answers. Tell us your experience if you have ever experimented with this line of reasoning.

In my experience, asking “why” repeatedly has led to some interesting perceptual territory that is deeply philosophical!

Posted in General, asked by admin, 5 years ago. 845 hits.

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I totally agree, for example, I could simply ask “why are you asking this question”? If I continued asking “why” to every answer you gave me, then it might bring some insight into your intentions!

Some may find a person annoying if they asked why all the time, because every time you ask “why”, it takes you one level deeper into a person’s ideas or reasoning.

It makes no difference as to what it is you’re asking why to, it’s all about where the answers take you.

I think this highlights something that most adults lose as they grow older, that is inquisitiveness. It was the inquisitiveness in the first place that made us learn many of the things we have so I encourage people to ask “why” as much as they like.

Amezi
4 years ago

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It’s because it raises the question of purpose. Why results in an answer which entails a reason, purpose or intention.

If you had none of those then it becomes meaningless and random. Eventually you’ll be faced with questions of reality, existence, morals and so on, which are all deep questions. This is because the question why always steers a person away from the shallow thinking into a thinking mode where we usually wouldn’t spend much time.

This might make some people feel insecure because they suddenly find questions that they don’t have the answers to and no-one likes to be in a position where they feel inferior to the question.

Some people don’t like questions in general, that’s because it challenges their views and beliefs. People don’t like facing the idea that their views or beliefs are wrong or should be changed, so when they’re faced with questions they can’t answer, suddenly their identity is on the line and they react in desperate ways as to avoid the question.

Philo
4 years ago

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I think people who hate questions generally have few answers.

Sometimes when you ask “why?” and then suddenly a person erupts with anger and you wonder, “What did I do wrong?”. It’s probably due to an insecurity of some sort.

If you hate questions, then you’re limiting yourself in terms of learning new things. Take a look at those who love and embrace questions, you’ll notice that their knowledge is excellent.

Fito
4 years ago

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It seems that no matter what it is you’re asking why about, it always ends up leading towards the same answers and the same questions.

It becomes philosophical.

admin
4 years ago
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