When reporting on a story, the default is to invoke the Five Ws: Who. What, When, Where, and Why
Tabloids, clickbait, and sensational headlines focus disproportionately on the first four: X person did Y outrageous thing. Dramatic event A caused Absurd scenario B. And, of course, the endless listicles.
But the opportunity for learning, growth, and critical thinking sits squarely in the fifth W: Why.
By exploring the Why of anything, we upgrade our understanding of the world, the way different systems interact, and the nuances of complexity.
That knowledge then naturally compounds over time, allowing us to draw new connections between seemingly unrelated topics more regularly.
Not all questions are made equal. When in doubt, ask Why.