Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for August 16, 2022

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    C  6 months ago

    Wise men

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    rmremail  6 months ago

    My daughter tried that on me once. she asked why the sky was blue. I explained about rayleigh scattering, and how it leads to diffraction of the air. After 15 minutes, there were no more ‘Whys’

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    eastern.woods.metal  6 months ago

    Final exam in the philosophy course the students are asked to write an essay on the topic. They have three hours. The topic " Why "

    One student writes " Why not " gets up and turns in his paper and leaves. He got top mark

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    Concretionist  6 months ago

    My dad always let us go around a few times and then would say “Because of the inexorableness of the passage of time.” Which was the reason that he had stopped playing that game.

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    More_Cats_Than_Sense Premium Member 6 months ago

    As my parents used to reply after too many “Why’s”:

    “Because if there weren’t no “Why”, there would be no “Zed”, and there wouldn’t be an end to the alphabet!"

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    cripplious  6 months ago

    This is why you learn quiet meditation.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 6 months ago

    At the end of every chain of proofs lies an assumption.

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    wallylm  6 months ago

    ? . . . !!!

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    keenanthelibrarian  6 months ago

    In philosophy, we are told it isn’t necessarily to know the right answer, but to know the right question. Just love Wiley kids, and this cartoon just proves it!!

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    keenanthelibrarian  6 months ago

    Of course, Gurus aren’t supposed to have children, on account of they’re celibate. Oh, yeah, it is to laugh!!

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    Enter.Name.Here  6 months ago

    “Because whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?”

    They don’t care about the answer, They just want the attention.

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    PraiseofFolly  6 months ago

    The kid will likely become a scandal-investigation reporter. The habit of digging out deep boogers in childhood is practice for it.

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    sandpiper  6 months ago

    The kid keeps digging into his nose, eventually, he will be more interested in what he finds than what he hears.

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    Doug K  6 months ago

    Y … Why? … Because we like you …

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    Squoop  6 months ago

    I often chuckle but rarely actually LOL at comics, but this one completely cracked me up! Thank you.

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    dot-the-I  6 months ago

    “Because the finger pointing to the moon is not the moon. Now go out and play, Grasshopper.”

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    SusieB  6 months ago

    Because I said so, that’s why!

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    HOTLOTUS1  6 months ago

    where’s he keep the candles

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    JRMadDog Premium Member 6 months ago

    You know … I used to wonder about that once in a while! Thanks, Wiley!

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    carlzr  6 months ago

    As Darth Vader would have said, “I’m the daddy, Thats why.”

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    GreenT267  6 months ago

    If you ever wonder why kids don’t like school, don’t think learning is important, or refuse to try anything new suggested by an adult, maybe it has something to do with curiosity being shut down early; with being ‘taught’ that wondering about stuff is stupid and irritating and for ‘later’; with learning that asking questions is just a pain in the butt; that it’s all about the grown-up, never about the kid.

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    uniquename  6 months ago

    This is when you ask, “Why do you think?” If they don’t know, you tell them to think about it and come back to you when they have an idea.

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    rawalko  6 months ago

    Here’s a behavioral experiment you can try on an unsuspecting child: Answer every question with “because God made it that way.” See if eventually the child goes into either science or the clergy.

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    Daltongang Premium Member 6 months ago

    Why?……..Why not???

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    mindjob  6 months ago

    That’s the youngest person ever to climb that mountain solo, with no water. Impressive!

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    richdell  6 months ago

    That kid is just a “why’s” guy.

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    Ham_Gravy  6 months ago

    I remember a kid who employed a perfect tag team of questions, starting with “What’s that?” and finishing with “Why?”

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    mistercatworks  6 months ago

    Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet” used to have a glass of wine and tell a story while waiting for a dish to cook.

    He told an elaborate story of a man who sought the meaning of life. After calamitous adventures in searches around the world, he made his way through a blizzard to the cave of a hermit guru, who told him, “Life is a fountain.”

    The half-dead man struggled to his feet, recounted the grueling search on which he had wasted his youth and his fortune and shouted, “After all this you have the audacity to tell me, ‘Life is a Fountain’?”

    The guru considered him quietly, as puzzlement, then tears appeared on his face. “Life is not a fountain?”

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 6 months ago

    I’ll give them 3 whys in a row and then I stop. No further talking required.

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    pyotr576  6 months ago

    I think it is the other way round – having answered questions from their children, they’ve reach a level of enlightenment themselves.

    That or they became hermits to contemplate the significance of “Why 12 o clock?”

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    When a child asks “Why?”,“Because I’m Bigger Than You” is NOT an acceptable answer.

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    anomaly  6 months ago

    A really wise man will say “No one knows.”

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    christelisbetty  6 months ago

    Why ? is what separates us from the most clever of other animals. Lots of critters understand cause and effect, but don’t ask, why?

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    schaefer jim  6 months ago

    I had 3 kids and went through the why stage with each one. Kinda fun to BS them from time ti time!

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    Mario500  6 months ago

    (imagines some of the writing in this cartoon (except its writing of, “WHY?”) appearing in each other’s place in the cartoon)

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    sml7291 Premium Member 6 months ago

    My entire adult working life revolved around fixing borked technology. To me, knowing why something quit working correctly meant I could fix it so it wouldn’t happen again (hopefully!).

    But over the years I’ve worked with way too many that just flat refused to delve into why a problem occurred. They were satisfied with simply getting the system working again and didn’t care why it broke in the first place. I have never really understood that thought process.

    Not surprising to me, but these same folk would often end up complaining when what they fixed kept breaking, often in a similar way each time. They just couldn’t understand why I needed to know why and, unfortunately, I was never able to explain it so they could understand. Why something broke simply wasn’t important, just getting it going again was all that mattered and nothing I said about it made sense (to them).

    My take has always been that why is important and understanding why is important. Once you know and understand why, you can build on that knowledge and understanding to learn and understand even more about how stuff works.

    There is a saying that goes around that those that know, do and those that don’t, teach. I don’t know where that kind of garbage comes from (well I do, but I really don’t). The quote that makes much more sense to me is:

    Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. — Aristotle

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    Realimaginary1 Premium Member 6 months ago

    A failed attempt at Socratic dialogue?

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    oakie817  6 months ago

    left field

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    eddi_tbh  6 months ago

    When you stop asking “why”, you haven’t grown up. You’ve given up.

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    MissyTiger  6 months ago

    Tomorrow, the kiddo runs off and is taken care of by the Whyley Bears.

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    bakana  6 months ago

    Why Knot?

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    DaBump Premium Member 6 months ago

    You can really do some deep thinking that way, though.

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