I have noticed there are many personal tumblr accounts that ask “why” questions in life. These why questions are fine, interesting, intriguing But what about the “how” questions? Are they essentially the same thing? Or is there a difference between them?
What do “why” questions ask? They ask the reasoning behind something. The intentions of an action, for an example. They demand an answer.
What do “how” questions ask? They ask for the process behind an action. The steps that were taken that were able to create said result. They demand an explanation.
The huge difference that is often overlooked. Many people ask “why” questions where “how” questions should have been asked. Is this why people receive mixed signals? Don’t interpret something completely? Don’t understand someone or who they are? When trying to find a solution to this “why” question, I find myself asking a “how” question in order to understand a possibility. The “why” transforms into the “how” evolution of media. If we look at the progress media has made in our lives (not the reasoning behind it) but the facts, media focuses solely on tragedy. Has the media focused on the “why” questions for so long because they produce more intriguing answers and stories? Yes, of course they have. Can we put the blame on them? If not, what else do we blame? Society? The answer to the possibility of society being the cause would require the question transformation into “how” as we look at the processes of society’s evolution that could have resulted in this outcome. For now, however, lets revert back to the media possibility For example, which story would you rather read:
A man discovered how to fly. When he was a little kid, his twin sister died on an airplane. If he had been able to fly, who knows. He could have had the ability to save her. Or perhaps his sister wouldn’t have been on that airplane at all, but flying to her destination herself. Now he dedicates his time to delivering materials to isolated parts of the world, saving children from mountain tops, and reduced airplane crashes by 90%.
OR the process behind his discovery
A man first tested multiple experiments on rats. He bought 20 of them at Petco. They were all brown with black eyes. They had 6 1/2 cm long tails on average. Each one had two ears, four legs, two eyes, and one tail. The man had them undergo many tests that resulted in mutation, death, or disease for the first 15 years. Daily, he would soak them in chemicals that would result in the changing of fur color, size reduction or increase, and weight loss or weight gain He would soak them for every other two hours. He tried to mix in different ingredients as well. He outlines the steps of procedure by emphasizing the tools utilized: measuring cups, beakers, plastic tubs, weighing machine, thermometer, ……………………….
Which requires less thinking to comprehend? Which is more exciting to read about in a newspaper? The measurements of salt and the amount of furs on a rat, or the tragic death of a twin and the invention to defy gravity.
Do we, as a human race, only care about people’s feelings and traumatic stories? If this is the case, how come I feel as if we are all selfish…. Is caring only about the interesting personal backgrounds of a person selfish? Is the act of caring selfish as a whole? Have we completely eliminated the “how” questions when going on in life? Is this why we make mistakes, regrets, and bad decisions? Because we were so focused on the “why” aspects and reasons of people? Or are “why” and “how” questions asking for the same thing? Or are they the same thing? Does every question require looking at the intentions of an action AND the process that was taken to achieve the action/create the situation? Is every form of question essentially the same, since in order to comprehend and resolve a question, both an explanation and answer is required?
We enter blindly in life. We seek the “why” from society. But is blindness a birth right which we are all born into, or do we choose its path?