The “Why Question”

by QUINCEE GARCIA

Staff Writer

People often used to do tasks and never questioned the reasoning behind it. We were told what to do and how to do it and never stopped to ask ourselves “what’s the point?”. Lately it has become more common in school lesson plans to cover all the essential five questions; who, what, when, where, and finally they include, why. People have come to realize how essential the “why question” is. Back in 400 BC, most great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle only ever sat around asking why. What would be the point of living life if you only ever had one-way blinders on? Arguably, there is no point in existing if we never ask ourselves why. Why are we here? Do we have a purpose? Do we have an end goal? It would be pointless to just wake up every morning, live the same routine you did yesterday, and then go to bed fully aware of the non-exciting routine that awaits you the next day. Is the fascination with our existence that keeps us going. Not only us, but with everything around us; in the universe. Why do blankets feel soft? Why does the bee pollinate the flower? Why isn’t there life on other planets?

Why not? What is the worst that can happen if you question things? The most likely outcome is you will have a beautifully complex answer to your question, so do it. Ask why. Question everything. Answer questions. Never let barriers stop your curiosity. Go beyond the horizon and then ask yourself why you had never done so before.

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