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Six-Word Search: Wondering Why

Monday, July 29th, 2013

By Yael Roberts

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Lurking behind the often simple questions of who, what, and where, comes the more complex why. “Why?” is the one word underlying everything we do. Sometimes we ask ourselves why, at other times we figure, why not? At times all we want to know is why, but soon even this question becomes irrelevant. Then it’s time to move on from the questioning, because the “why?” is often unanswerable. Ultimately, we’ll never really know why people do what they do, why we’re here, or why the world is the way it is.

Some why’s from the Six-Word community pose difficult, introspective questions, some are rhetorical, some questions are asked with the hope that their readers might have an answer. So explore the memoirs below: ponder on some, click on others to comment and provide an answer, or a question, in return. Whether the why is a question or the beginning of an answer, the word asks us to interact with each other.

Often lament WHY? Rarely care who.

Knowing what, learning how, remembering why.

Perplexed. Corner of how and why.

Sometimes, you need a reason why.

Sometimes it actually doesn’t matter why.

Don’t tell me why, show me.

And then I thought why not?

Don’t care. Why should I pretend?

If life is short, why wait?

Why are we as we are?

Why is choosing happiness so hard?

Why was I not born earlier?

Why should we hide our scars?

Long-ago lover inhabited recent dream. Why?

Why does it have to end?

Why did I open the door?

Why do you write six-words memoirs?
by BalancingAct

Why am I always the follower?

He’s the reason, I’m the why.

Did his laundry. Don’t know why.

What is gained by asking why?

You know it. Why say it?

Never said bye. Never said why.

I ask myself why every day.

6 responses

  1. bevvie says:


  2. lillybrook says:

    Why not?

  3. Unknown116 says:

    Sometimes it really doesn’t matter why.

  4. Georgette says:

    Don’t ask why just do it!

  5. Vincent says:

    Explain why you can’t answer this.

  6. Elden Raulerson says:

    Max … n nI don’t feel “stabilizing Afghanistan” and “delivering justice to al-Qaeda” are on Obama’s checklist. n nI think his goal are “get out ASAP though retaining the physical appearance in the home of becoming responsible … and if everything negative happens, it’s Bush’s fault.”

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