When asked why, you have to choose a story and a context.
Why did I write this?
- Because I’m frustrated about this word.
- Because I want people to read my blog and understand me better?
- Because neurons in my brain fired in a way that made my fingers dance over my keyboard which caused this blog post to be written.
- Because I was motivated to do so.
- Because it filled my mind and I want to get it out in a clear and understandable way for myself.
- Because I want people to stop using it in unhelpful ways.
- Because I want to communicate better and I want people to understand each other.
The answer is not one. All of the statements might be valid, and yet when we ask why we usually want a definite answer. I can’t give you all reasons without creating an infinite list of these causalities. And to give you a truly accurate answer I must explain all the history of what happened in this world since the start of time and existence itself.
When we ask why we really say: “Tell a convincing story. What made it happen?”
“Give me a satisfying answer”
So any answer to a why question will always be:
- a constructed story
- a simplification of reality
- based on belief
Why would I use why then?
It can be used to make someone reflect and formalize their own reasoning.
It can be used to obtain indications of someone’s perspective.