Why?

Did I just hear you whisper… Because?

LIke many youngsters you may know in your world, this word… WHY… is my 3 year-old grandson’s favourite.

But WHY should we leave it to 3 year-olds to ask why…

Curiosity is a fabulous trait to carry us from the womb to the graveyard. I wish I was more deeply curious than I am…

Curiosity leads us on exciting journeys – opening doors that spring the world wide-open, like a can opener circling a can.

Learning and understanding make our world infinitesimally more enriching.

Today, I’ll take you on a random stroll through my WHY thoughts during a pandemic – and political era – that has taken my mind into a number of strange and scary places …

Feel free to share your own mind-bending WHY thoughts if you dare… let’s begin…

  • Why do I always love the fragrant smell of pine or cedar woodsmoke when I’m camping, or lighting the woodstove on a chilly winter morn, but not so much when a wildfire is burning the same stuff in my valley and sending it wafting through my window at night?
  • Why is correctly spelling words so natural and easy for me, but fixing a broken drainpipe in the kitchen is a monstrous logistical challenge far above my intellect? Why should I need a college diploma to do some typical home repairs?
  • Why does the TV game show Jeopardy march out contestants who obviously know far less than me, while not accepting my test results and highlighting me on the show? It’s clearly blatant anti-Canadianism! Maybe it’s time to rehash the War of 1812!

  • Why must I ALWAYS hold the phone to my left ear to hear properly and yet my hearing has been tested and works equally well on both sides? Have I unknowingly had a stroke?
  • Why do I love the heady feeling of being soaked in sweat while working out vigorously, but hate the sensation of sweat on my skin 2 minutes after finishing the workout?ย 
  • Why does my wife always know the plot direction (and killer/victim/bad guy/good guy) of a TV show or a movie in the first two minutes of the show and I’m still scratching my head in confusion at the end an hour later? Is it possible I’m NOT the sharpest knife in the drawer?
  • Why do stock markets always rise meteorically or fall dramatically in direct reverse proportion to my confident prognostications and to the number of people with whom I boldly share these predictions?
  • Why did Mother Nature give me a “near-perfect pitch” ear and a B string on my Martin guitar that absolutely refuses to EVER be tuned properly? This is the equivalent of musical “waterboarding”.
  • Why must I wear a pair of pants, a pair of underwear, but women don’t have to wear a pair of bras? Gender inequality issues should go both ways, right?
  • Why do I love the flavour of chocolate in bar form and in cakes, but not so much in ice cream? Does chocolate change its chemical form when chilled?

    Recipe for Chocolate Ice Cream with cocoa powder

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  • Why do (some) people with dogs conscientiously gather up the pet’s faecal droppings in a plastic bag and then… set the bag at the side of the road!? Am I to believe this is someone generously offering free compost for the taking?
  • Why has evolution made our bodies crave and create Vitamin D through sun exposure while simultaneously setting up the cancer store for melanoma? Does this have something to do with my song The Blessing And The Curse?
  • Why am I finding ideas and thoughts to write blog posts about much more challenging during a time of enormous change and upheaval in the world eg. politics and health and science and technology? Could it be that ideas are often generated and stoked by the interactions we have with other people and the outside world?

“… Face it. Curiosity
will not cause us to dieโ€“
only lack of it will.
Never to want to see
the other side of the hill
or that improbable country
where living is an idyll
(although a probable hell)
would kill us all.
Only the curious
have, if they live, a tale
worth telling at all.” Alistair Reid