Every three-year old knows, ask "why?" and get information. Ask "why?" again and get more. Keep asking why and watch the folks around you rush to give you answers before the word can fall from your lips.
Then, something happens. The older we get, the more it is frowned upon to ask why. It's considered annoying...or presumptuous...argumentative...disrespectful... Asking "why?" can make us feel silly...or slow in thinking...frustrated...uncertain...
Ever asked a teacher why it was important to memorize a trivial fact? Or a manager why one task was suddenly more important than another equally burning issue? Or a partner why they chose a plan of action?
Sometimes "why?" can still net us great value. Mostly we hesitate to ask or receive the question as a challenge instead of an honest inquiry.
We stop asking "why?" along the way. Which means we become equally accountable for the decisions and choices in which we participate without question.
"Why?" is about clarifying and discussion. "Why?" examines choices. "Why" can support listening and learning at any age/stage.
Why discuss "why"? To take the sting out of the word and open the conversation.