December 15, 2004

Why's That?

Have you ever noticed that "Why?" is qualitatively different from all the other interrogatives? ("What?", "When?", "Where?", "Who?", and "How?") Of all of them, only Why calls for interpretation of human opinion. All the others call only for fact. -- Ole Eichhorn @ Critical Section
Posted by Vanderleun at December 15, 2004 10:32 PM
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Yes, I have.

A "psycho-analytic" person I once knew would always point out that "why?" was a cruel thing to ask, very harsh and judgemental. I think it's the only question that really matters.

The who, what, where, when of your lover/job/life when living in NYC in 1978 are contingent on those facts, as opposed to the facts of living in Chicago in 1992.

However, the "whys" of your choices of lover/job/life will have a constantcy that are independent of NYC, Chicago, 1978, 1992 (and will keep you busy for the rest of your life ...)

Posted by: Keith Macdonald at December 16, 2004 12:28 PM

That was Nancy Kerrigan's favorite question.

Posted by: nobody important at December 17, 2004 1:11 PM