How asking why can help lead you to your muse
"THE POWER TO QUESTION IS THE BASIS OF ALL HUMAN PROGRESS."
Finding out the why of things is a sure path to your muse. Since time immemorial, people have been asking the purpose or the reason behind things. By questing for the answer, they have found new ideas and creative inspiration waiting for them.
Why, why, why, why, why?
One of the most common word used in the English language; people have been asking “why” since at least the early 1500’s and even longer than that if you explore its etymological roots. To ask the why of something means ask what purpose or what concern. While many of our “whys” are rhetorical exclamations not meant to be answered (Why God?), are inquisitive human nature still begs for an answer.
When you ask why something is the way it is or why something happens, you are looking for a purpose behind the event or the outcome. For example, many of us have asked why the grass is green and why the sky is blue. We are looking for the reason behind these two particular phenomena. By questioning the reason, we end up finding the answer and then unlocking the door to other mysteries such as the light spectrum and the presence of chlorophyll. Our need to find out how everything works and the answers that come to us can be great sources of inspiration that lead to creative awakening.
If you are in need to find your muse about a certain subject, simply asking why and trying to find the purpose behind might lead you down the path of inspirational enlightenment.
For example, if the subject is cars you can ask:
- Why cars run on gas?
- Why do cars need four wheels?
- Why do people prefer a traditional speedometer?
- Why does everyone think they need a car?
- Why do I need my car?
- Why do the British drive on the left side of the road?
- Why do US Postal delivery trucks have the steering wheel on the left like the British?
By asking why and then looking for a reason behind the things that you notice, you find yourself with several different creative paths in which to explore. You can then look at these questions that come up and ask further whys.
For example if you look into the question why people prefer the same crescent shaped speedometer that has been around since the beginning as opposed to a more futuristic digital read out that never really caught on, you might find yourself asking why people tend to resist change, or why change something that works just fine the way it is. By asking these whys, you might find yourself heading down a new creative path and opening a new inspirational window that had previously been closed to you.