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The "Why?" chain

Every parent keeps talking about their children, even when they grow up. My mom always reminds me that I tortured her with a question: “why 2 plus 2 equals to 4?” I don’t blame her for not answering this question. And I got an answer in my twenties.

When I became a father, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will always answer my kid’s “why?” questions. I don’t always keep the promise. When I’m tired I simply reply that I don’t know. But whenever I can, I try to follow the long chain of “why?” questions to the very bottom of the rabbit hole.

Funnily enough, usually the chain ends somewhere at the beginning of the universe or at the level of atoms.

— Dad, why did we come in late for the morning circle (in the kindergarten) today?

— We left our home too late.

— Why?

— Because you were busy playing.

— Why?

— Because you find play interesting.

— Why?

— Because you’re naturally curious and you like to learn.

— Why?

— Because if humans would be wired to be incurious they wouldn’t progress as a species, and perhaps wouldn’t survive through tough periods of time.

— Why?

— Because when sudden cataclysms arrive one has to be smart to find a way to stay alive and well.

— Why?

— Because people have little time to react.

— Why?

— Because from the definition of cataclysm it means an unexpected fast change.

— Why?

— Because people needed to find a term for the event.

— Why?

— Because they needed to communicate.

— Why?

— Go to your mom.

Last edited on Jan 8, 2019