Ask “Why?” recursively

“Papa, why can’t we go outside? Well, ’cause it’s raining. Why? Well, water is coming out of the sky. Why? Because it was in a cloud. Why? Well, clouds form when there is vapor. Why? I don’t know.” — Louis C.K.

Many times, your and others’ logic is built on irrational thoughts and emotions. As such, never take for granted that the rationale offered is rational. When anything is said or written, always question it recursively.

The best way to question it recursively is to ask: “Why?” Whatever the answer, ask “Why?” again. And again. And again. And again. When you think you are done asking “Why?” ask “Why?” some more. Document this interrogation on paper.

If you find that the underlying logic is irrational, replace it with rational logic. For example, assume the prompt is: “No matter what I do, I cannot make my business profitable.” Upon asking “Why?” recursively, you discover: “Because, I was not born to be rich.” You may replace this irrational logic with rational logic: “No one is born to be rich or poor because there is no evidence of predestination. Therefore, I possess no natural advantage, or handicap, over other men to making my business profitable.”