More Often than not, there is no Why

Our brains are wired to seek the why in everything. We are engineered by evolution to look for a cause and a reason.

Absent one or the other, or both, we create them.

It is one of the precursors of religious doctrines that there must be a why for everything in the universe.

And if there is a why, it follows that there must be a cause.

A Who.

The logic is flawed.

There exists a succinct, sublimely apropos, colloquial expression for this. This perfectly defines and explains the reality.

Shit Happens.

Try as we might to find a cause and a reason, they don’t often exist.

This compunction to look for a why and who in every experience or matter indicates something we expect to be, not something that must be.

An illustration.

The other day, I went to work.

Here is a partial moment by moment breakdown of the first hour or so.

11:00 Start work, sign in, check email

11:10 Get coffee

11:15 Discuss issue with other supervisor regarding work situation

12:00 Informed by slightly excited subordinates that a potential situation requires my assistance

12:01 Identify problem. Begin CPR on an elderly woman not breathing

12:10 Apply AED device to woman, get “Shock not Recommended” response

12:11 Continue CPR

12:20 Relinquish responsibility for CPR to Paramedics

12:25 Watch as Paramedics, continuing CPR, transport patient

12:30 Get second coffee and listen to all the non-participants recount the details to each other

12:40 Back to work

One could spend the rest of your life trying to find a Why and a Who.

There is none.

The only thing that happened was a When.

I was there, When.

Everybody that was a witness to it was there, When.

There was no Why.

There was no Who.

Shit Happens, Whenever,

About Joe Broadmeadow

Joe Broadmeadow retired with the rank of Captain from the East Providence Police Department after serving for 20 years. He is the author of four novels Collision Course, Silenced Justice, Saving the Last Dragon, and A Change of Hate available on Amazon in print and Kindle. Joe is working on the latest in a series of Josh Williams and Harrison "Hawk" Bennett novels and a sequel to Saving the Last Dragon. In 2014 Joe completed a 2,185 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail
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