This question has been popping up so often in my conversations with others lately, that it sooner or later had to pop up in my blog as well. Be it work, play or personal chores, we do so many things daily, just because we know we have to do them. We no longer question their need or the way we do them. How we wake up, attend to natures call, drink our tea, send children to school, are all activities that don’t, any longer, need us to use our intellectual self. We just do them, without asking – Why am I doing this, or could there be a better way of doing it.
Slowly this routine (with the lack of Why) starts to seep into more important areas of life – work, education, love. Areas which need attention, deliberation, questioning, thought, and lots of Whys. Without asking the objective of a certain project, we start executing the project. Without communicating the reason behind a certain task, we delegate the task. Without understanding the reason behind a persons behavior, we start judging the person. Without knowing the need/prospects/interest for certain education, we go ahead enroll because everyone else seems to be doing it.
If only, we stop to question and understand why we are doing, the what we are doing, we would be much better equipped to do it right. While we can sit happily on the toilet seat without asking why, if we bring the same seat and the same mindset to our work, we are pretty likely to produce the same result as well – shit!