The announcement of the most comprehensive map of the Universe to date contains this phrase:
Yup, that’s right, more than admiring its beauty or inventing/refining for its own sake, we humans want to know WHY.
I’ve always understood that if I was told why I was to learn something, I’d have a much better chance of retaining it.
Knowing why something began or ended permitted me some sense of control in a world where frankly, nobody has any real control.
Understanding why is the basis of my work – “well, duh,” sez you.
Why do you write?