Why Ask “Why” Questions

Not all that long ago in terms of time, we were much younger, and also much more inquisitive. We wouldn’t even consider why ask “why” questions, because it was second nature to us, and we did it automatically.  Why Ask Why Questions

It is so true that we can learn much more about ourselves, and how to productively navigate through this world of ours, by observing young children, or even taking a walk in nature.



There Was A Time for Why Ask “Why” Questions

There was a time when we looked out into our world without all the many filters which are now so sturdily in place. Instead of a clear picture of reality, we now settle for the water-downed version. This version has been and is currently being interpreted, by our many perceptions, assumptions, and beliefs.

When we do this, we construct an invisible wall beyond which we cannot see. There can be wonderful opportunities in front and all around us, and we will be blind to them. This is so unfortunate.

By doing this, we are denying ourselves many rich experiences in all areas of our lives.

When we were young, like our little friend in the photo above, we were able to see unlimited possibilities and potential, and we were not afraid to ask “why?”. Also, we were willing to make mistakes and keep on going.

We thought for ourselves in a natural way, without the constricting limits and barriers put in place by our later conditioning. Basically, we were free.

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche — 

It’s Never Too Late for Why Ask “Why” Questions

The good news is that it is never too late to break free from our self-imposed limitations. Yes, self-imposed, because whether it was conscious or unconscious, we still chose what to think and believe.

Actually, some of those beliefs did serve us well when we were young for survival reasons, like ‘don’t cross the street by yourself, but just like this one, we have outgrown many of these beliefs, and it’s time to let them go.

We can be that little child again, with just a little inner work. This involves questioning our most precious assumptions when they come to mind, so that we make visible what we have taken for granted, those ideas and thoughts which are running our lives on an unconscious, automated basis.
Now we are learning how to think again, instead of continuing to accept what others think is real.


Keep Asking “Why”

Just like we used to drive our parents nuts by constantly questioning them by asking “why”, we can now drive ourselves sane, by asking ourselves “why” when our preconceived notions appear.

Asking ourselves “why” many times a day will slowly uncover some of these mechanisms which we forgot we accepted as real over these many years. Once they are exposed, we can then decide if they are helpful or not, and then choose to keep or release them.

Learning “how” to think, rather than “what” to think, is some of the hardest work we will ever do. At the same time, it is the most rewarding work we will ever do, as we reacquaint ourselves with our long-lost friend, the child who we used to be and really still are, and that child is most eager to come out and play.


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Stay focused and enjoy the Moment!



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6 thoughts on “Why Ask “Why” Questions”

  1. When we look at the great inventions of today that we are enjoying it is because of the inventers asking question and searching for answers. They is a Power that hinges on question that if we tap into will give us great discoveries. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Hi William,

    That is a very important question that we stop too soon to ask. The wonder in our eyes then fades and we are without growth. Learning is a lifetime process and if we stop asking why we lose our ability to learn. My daughter still asks why and it is a blessing to see the curiosity grow just out of the word why.

    Thank you for an enlightening post, and a much-needed reminder. Why did you write the post? Lol.


    • Thanks, Ntlhane. I appreciate your many insights and comments. Asking “why” is so critical as it reminds us “how” to think rather than “what” to think. All the best.


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