The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

September 20, 2013

Take time to answer why

Why? A simple question that has been asked trillions and trillions of times by children the world over. The innocent desire to experience the wonders of all they see, hear, smell, touch and taste, enjoying every new revelation of Truth.

It can also be one of the most complex questions one could ever ask. Why do people hate others because of the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, their station in life, politics, and the list can go on and on with nary an answer? We are told to enter into a dialogue, a search for answers that have seemingly eluded mankind for centuries. Maybe it is not a dialogue at all but questions born of the Truth.

The most revered poet of this generation, Maya Angelou, wrote, “People will not remember the things you say to them, they will not remember the things you do to them, but they will remember the way you made them feel.” I found her logic, her perspective, interesting and also very true. When one looks at the things that have affected oneself the most, feelings are usually the first things that do come to mind. I too remember the wise counsel of a close friend concerning feelings; he shared that faith should not follow feelings, but rather feelings should follow faith.

The things we believe in most will dominate our lives, perplexing our minds, warming our hearts, allowing that child that once lived within us to be reborn, made refreshed, anew.

The next time a child asks you that terrible, awful question, “why?” take time to reflect on the topic and then answer with complete sincerity. If the child asks a thousand times, answer a thousand times. Nothing done right is easy. In fact, doing things the right way is the most difficult of all. But that child will remember how you made him or her feel when their question became as important as the answer. We all ask why, and that will never change. The most important question is always the same as the answer. Truth.

Glen Gould


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