Why ‘Why?’?


'Nothing personal, Henry. I couldn't have said it better myself.'‘Ever since I can remember, I have had a need to explain myself. This is patently neurotic.

‘Never Complain, Never Explain’ advised Henry Ford II to a fresh-faced reporter, when caught in a drunken car accident with a woman beside him who was clearly not his wife.

Why Explain? And why explain my need to Explain?

Why, ‘Why?’?’

[From the preface to the 2004, print edition].

‘Explanation’ is from the Latin Ex-planationem: ‘to make plain, to flatten [planus].

An ‘Explanation’ flattens things out so that they fit within a Modeled-View. Just like plaining a piece of irregular wood.

In this tripped age where Reason is confounded with the Rational, the most insistent and socially-sanctified demand is for an ‘Explanation’.

Everyone wants one, feels obliged to ask for one, and deprived if denied one. [‘Why does my bottom hurt so, Mom?’ ‘Because I just spanked you, Darling!’]

‘Oh! That makes sense!’. In other words, an explanation falls in line, takes its assigned slot within the broad mix of paradigms, preferences, prejudices, conveniences and cultural cues that grant a view acceptance, and when tightly in conformance, applause.

When you say: ‘That explanation makes sense!’, it means it tucks nicely into your backpack, logically fits [i.e., ‘is consistent’] within the umbrella of Convention, views widely accepted as valid.

And the base of this umbrella is the assumption of a Separated ‘Self’.