Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Why not?

Yesterday, the question was why.  Why are things as they are?  Why are things as they ought not to be instead of what they might become with any effort at all on your part or, for that matter, the part of anyone?

Those are the persistent whys of a curious kid, eager to know how the universe got to be the way it is and why the sky is blue and why conventions have evolved to the way they are now in practice.

After a time, the kid--and you--grow impatient with the world as found, as encountered.  The kid--and you--want to know if things could not be done any better than they are now.  The kid--and you-=-want to know why not?  They want to know this in the face of considerable event and boundary to the contrary of why not.

The kid--and you--want to know Why not now?  Why not this?  Why not yet?

Why not do it, whatever it is, your way, see how things work out.  Why not chance it?  Why not cast an ensemble of characters who better represent the way the universe appears to you?

Why not and its kissing cousin what if represent questions men and women have asked through the recorded ages and in all likelihood through the evolution of the species from about Homo habilus, certainly from Cro-Magnon upward.  They are questions inventors ask, questions artists ask, questions writers ask.  They represent a part of the self described by some as the creative side, by others as the quirky side, and by others still as the unsatisfied side.

In all probability there is a bit of the quirky, the Cro-Magnon, and the unsatisfied inherent in the writer and artist, otherwise there would be a different kind of drawing on cave walls, a different kind of landscape art in museums, and a different kind of books in libraries.

Why is valid and challenging but it allows for some time spent in speculation before action sizzles forth into enactment.  Why not calls for an immediate decision to do something related to action, even if it is the decision to begin doing nothing in an active way.

Why not could, if applied under the proper circumstances prove the rationale for Sisyphus to call it quits with his huge rock.  Why not disobey the order to push the rock up the frigging hill? Of course there is Why not continue pushing the rock, but that is not real action; that is continuing an action calculated to have an effect.

How would you feel if you were given such a task as Sisyphus simply because you'd hit on a lady friend of Zeus?  Why not try to find out?  Why not try to build a comprehensive catalogue of how various things felt while you were doing them?

There might be considerable information made available to you that had not been apparent to you before, were you to list as rapidly as possible, without spending any time at all in conscious effort, the first ten Why nots that come to your mind.  One of those why nots would be probable to have a sexual implication, leading you to an unanticipated target.  One of them could be career related, which could have an effect on your current or a subsequent writing project.

Why not brings you face to face with your own concept of boundary, could well motivate you to push beyond it, which is where you should be pushing at all times under any circumstances.

Why not advance to the position where you cut yourself off from doing things on the simple theory that you know better?  Why not set your present concept of knowing better aside until your new concept of knowing better is knowing why not?

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