One of the things to come out of my recent NANOWRIMO experience was some serious thinking about the question.
There are a lot of questions purported to be the question: the question of the moment; the question of life; the (insert group or species here) question; and many more.
My the question for today is one that echos back through the world of fiction to the day, even the moment the very first story teller told the very first story.
My the question rolls through the halls of higher education like a tide. It dominates television networks. My the question dominates the nonfiction world as much as the world of fiction.
What is my the question? It is phrased many ways by many people but here it is: how did this come to pass?
The story in a story isn’t just a telling of what happened; it is an explanation of what lead to an event or result. In the same way a doctoral dissertation includes a literature review, a collection of past research that should lead to one inescapable question.
One of the best hooks in the media is to put up a picture and tell the audience you’ll explain how it happened after this commercial break.
How-to books tell how something is built; one story of how that thing came to exist.
My question is one that is asked at one point or another by every human being. My question is one that animal lovers occasionally insist that we share with other species. Can you imagine a dog or cat looking at you with a “what the heck?” expression? Your pet may have just asked the question.
Even medicine and hard science ask ‘how did this come to pass?’. A doctor recognizes that a broken bone was broken in a given way and that helps him or her determine how to repair the break. A geologist recognizes that a rock got to it’s current location by glacial action rather than being formed in that particular spot.
You never need to feel dumb when you ask the question, dear reader. When you ask ‘how did this come to pass’, it’s not just a question it’s the question. It’s one of the great questions of history. It’s a question that’s been with us since the beginning.
That’s it for this one dear reader. Until next time…
Ask questions, that’s how we get answers.