Tell Me Why by Kim Anthony
As a kid, did you ever ask never-ending questions of why? I have a two year old who demands an explanation as to why he needs to go to bed, brush his teeth, eat his dinner, and so on. I try not to say, “Because I said so.” I’d like to think I’m training him to be an intelligent human with my responses. But unfortunately, “Because I said so” is where we land much of the time.
As adults, it’s important that we keep asking why. It’s not childish. Some of the greatest minds in history did the same thing. Why are we here? Where did we come from? What is the point of life? It was Socrates who said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This natural curiosity is unique to human beings among all living creatures. It’s what makes the human race innovative, organised, progressive, and sometimes compassionate.
In a nutshell, this is what philosophy is about. It’s about understanding why? Why are we here? Why should we be motivated to do anything? Now I can understand if you look at philosophers and think they’re a useless bunch of fellas who ask more and more questions with less and less answers. I get that sort of reasoning. But it was that sort of curiosity which built the flourishing western society we have today. It’s that curiosity that put a man on the moon and invented the smartphone.
When we stop asking why, we stop living from a place of creativity and start living to just survive. We do what feels good now and not what is the overall best for us. We stop looking for truth and are satisfied with how things are. This is where human creativity, knowledge, and innovation goes to die. I’m not sure what to call it but it’s something less than what we could be.
It surprises me when people brush away the biggest questions in life. It’s just not natural and not the path to flourishing. On our journey, we will all come across questions of existence – this is normal, every great thinker addressed this. Don’t ignore it! I’m not talking about coming to a conclusion about any particular belief system. It’s about being on a journey of understanding truth. On the other side of our curiosity is truth, the foundation that every good, beautiful, and lasting thing is based on.
Jesus, perhaps the greatest influencer in western society, said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) His words encourage our creative, inquisitive nature in the pursuit of truth. It’s worth the journey!
Kim Anthony is a Family man, Engineer and the Pastor of Life&Legacy Church at Hillcrest. He believes people are ultimately on a quest for connection and purpose and is intentional in providing a platform for people to thrive.