Staring into the Sun
Reading Mary Oliver Essays--1: Who are your great ones?

First Cause?

When Sebastian entered the phase of asking Why? I was thrilled, as a philosopher.  And I told a friend that I was prepared to answer Sebastian's questions back to the First Cause and Unmoved Mover if need be. Well . . .

Last night I was changing him into his pajamas. He noted that it was getting darker outside and then asked, "Why?"
 
I explained that the earth is rotating on its axis and we were now pointing away from the sun.
 
Why?
 
I explained that this was the way the Solar System is constructed.
 
Why?
 
A brief explanation about gravity.
 
Why?  And now my excitement is building. We are getting close.
 
Then I told him about the Big Bang. He charmingly added sound effects. I went on to mention laws of nature, primary forces, and fundamental particles.
 
Then I waited, looking forward to the final question in the series. And . . .
 
. . . no question was forthcoming.
 
So I asked if the answer about the Big Bang was satisfactory, and he said 
 
Yes.

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