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#14 WAYS TO DECIDE BETWEEN WHAT VS HOW MATTERS
WHICH IS THE BETTER QUESTION?
© Copyright Cupideros, February 16, 2020
We all remember the famous question in the culturally changing movie starring the character, Neo: WHAT IS THE MATRIX?
Now imagine the movie starting off with the question:
HOW IS THE MATRIX?
HOW COME THE MATRIX?
HOW DID THE MATRIX BEGIN?
HOW DO I GET OUT OF THE MATRIX?
Does the movie make any sense?
Would you want to watch three sequels of this “HOW” movie?
Would you tell anyone else to watch this “HOW” movie?
Okay, you’re going to college for a degree in film studies, with a minor in world history and programming. For you and your handful of student peers, the “HOW Matrix” questions make a lot of sense. However, most are not a handful. Neither is the minority (in all cases) capable of speaking for the majority. The minority can speak to the majority–that is just free speech. More on this later.
THE REASONS A “WHAT” QUESTION IS BETTER THAN A “HOW” QUESTION:
#1. For the remainder of humanity, the “WHAT” questions invite you into a story, a scene, a movement, an idea.
I am going to further assume for you the answer is no. You do not feel the “HOW Matrix” movie as inviting as the “WHAT Matrix” movie. This is a no-brainer, right. HOW questions are advanced questions, and most people do not fall into this category. Most people relate to McDonald’s, Coke or Pepsi, one football or baseball team, scantily clad women performing during a big half-time show with children watching at home, or a particular hobby enjoyed by millions. For example, watching the Internet.
You do not ask, HOW is the non-meat burger made? You ask, WHAT is a non-meat burger?
You do not ask HOW is Soylent Green made? You ask, WHAT is Soylent Green?
And rightfully so. You ask questions that open up the new world before you. This new world needs a quick survey or pattern recognizing scan, so your brain correctly assigns stereotypes, images, icons, objects, themes, colors, sounds, and even taste, depth, and breadth of awareness to further gain from knowing this new subject or object.
#2. Since we, as social beings, love to appeal to our senses, the WHAT Questions hold a sort of gravitas or weight to it. This pragmatic use, ready-to-play factor, is WHAT makes Play-Doh sell better than chess. Play-Doh, you open the top, take out the malleable substance, and immediately start to mash it around, roll it under your fingers or flatten it with your palm. Maybe, some children, even stamp their jewelry or a coin into Play-Doh to see the imprint.
WHAT questions invite pragmatic thinking. HOW questions encourage theoretical (ideal) thinking. The majority of people retain very little use for theoretical matters. Do not tell me HOW the Internet works? Tell me WHAT the Internet does? If you surveyed people, the majority would simply be unable to tell you HOW the Internet works? Millions can tell you WHAT the Internet does? Or where to click to get onto the Internet. WHAT browser to use to get to YouTube or Vimeo, for example?
Imagine someone asking you HOW Christianity works?
Now, imagine someone asking you WHAT is Christianity?
#3 You almost have to pair the WHAT of a question with an object to be performed or observed performing?
WHAT is-the highest?
Just go get the Guinness Book of World Records, and you will see people intuitively gravitate to WHAT questions.
WHAT questions involve a lot of fun in exploring. WHAT questions are playful, not so with HOW questions.
WHAT is your favorite color?
WHAT is your favorite movie?
WHAT questions is a natural question for a learning student.
HOW questions are only asked by philosophers and young children.
HOW does the universe work?
HOW does God know everyone at the same time?
HOW does God know good or evil?
#4 HOW questions often cannot be clearly asked without the help of WHAT. This is not so with WHAT questions.
HOW does God know WHAT everyone is doing at the same time?
HOW does God know WHAT is good or evil?
HOW does a hummingbird fly? This implies you know WHAT “air,” “gravity,” and “velocity” are.
HOW questions are dependent questions.
WHAT questions are independent.
#5 WHAT brings people closer together. Nothing is more comforting than knowing WHAT a person likes to do or WHAT school they came from, even WHAT is their age? Our brain does not need an extra block of cells and theories to ask and take pleasure in WHAT questions.
You go around asking people: HOW come you like redheads? HOW come you dislike the #MeToo movement, or even HOW come you drive a certain car? Then watch yourself lose social points. When your enemy tries to size you up, they will often include a HOW question, followed by a judgment on your answer.
#6 In fact, WHAT is the more probing question if you want to figure something out. The reason is that HOW involves a detached perspective, an “I do not care” viewpoint. People who do not care are selfish and will often do unspeakable things because they placed the person being asked in an inferior position.
Try asking your boss HOW questions. Did they feel judged? Did they think you disrespected them? This is the meanspirited, inherent nature of the HOW questions and the reason why most do not ask it.
#6 Despite its low-tech, entry point of any discussion, WHAT is still the better question for theoretical matters. Most debates generally should start with, in WHAT way are you defining these terms. Verses HOW are you defining these terms–already beginning the debate.
#7 WHAT is a travel question term. You can use HOW to get there often enough, sure. But WHAT is the best restaurant that goes over much better. WHAT theater is the best in Paris? How about, WHAT is the meaning of the colors of the German flag? WHAT ingredients make up a Taco?
#8 It is no mistake that WHAT is included in the Big Five “Ws” questions a proper journalist should ask during an interview: Who, Where, When, Why, and WHAT. Again, HOW is sometimes asked in an interview, but it is a stiff-arm, halting question. You are as likely to get the hairs to rise on a cat’s back if you ask it HOW it leaps? Does the cat even know?
#9 WHAT is a normal brain question. HOW is a big brain question? Most people, again, want to do things as simple and as quickly as possible. WHAT made a lot of people give up on Instagram? HOW do you download your media to your cell phone to upload it to Instagram? Tic Tok’s journey to increase Internet usage must navigate these waters as well. Most people avoid the HOW questions of uploading media by filming said media on their cell phones! WHAT makes Instagram and Tic Tok believe they do not need to explain HOW to get media on cell phones before using those programs? I, for one, find the entire issue confusing at best and annoying at worse. It does create opportunities for other businesses to arise in solving this “uploading to mobile” problem.
#10 Often enough, WHAT is the only question you need to ask? Once, I asked a question, HOW does a bowling alley work? But it was decades before anyone, in a satisfying way, explained it to me. Although knowledge of WHAT to do to participate in bowling, throw the ball down the bowling alley, respectfully, came relatively early in life. My teenage years, to be exact.
And once you ask WHAT questions, it will leave you feeling full and not empty. All HOW questions leave you with that feeling of an empty stomach. HOW does a woman orgasm? HOW does a woman decide who she is going to date? HOW does a man decide if a woman is a good woman to propose to? WHAT is your boyfriend’s name may be all you need to ask a girl? You can go away satisfied and completely filled up with that question, irregardless if she is lying or telling the truth.
#11 WHAT can you accomplish without asking WHAT questions? I mean, seriously, think about this for a second. Did you complete your day without asking WHAT a single time? Did you ask, WHAT is this blog about? I asked someone WHAT time does the bus arrive? And asked another, WHAT time does the library close? If a dog is a man’s best friend, WHAT is a man’s second-best friend for sure! You get WHAT you want more times by asking a WHAT question?
In another example, take astrology: WHAT does each planet do? Or, WHAT does each planet represent? Sun represents self-expression; Moon your feelings and emotions; Mercury, WHAT your communication style is; Venus, WHAT your love life and creativity is like. Planets further away from earth, Mars, WHAT ways you take action, do things, Jupiter, WHAT you like to use as humor, or to gain wealth. Saturn WHAT discipline methods you employ and your perseverance; Uranus WHAT ways you choose to innovate; Neptune WHAT your spirituality represents, kindness style; Pluto WHAT ways you transform others or transformative skills and style.
The houses in astrology show in WHAT environment your planets take action or influence. The first house, everyday first impressions in contrast to the seventh ruling partners, marriage. The second house, finances you earn, tenth house, your reputation, and career; eleventh house your friends, hopes, and dreams. Spirituality falls in the ninth house religion and twelfth house universal wisdom; third house communication; fifth house how you entertain, deal with children. This is the power of astrology. It explains WHAT people do or tend to want to do in their lives.
#12 WHAT questions govern some of the most traumatic events in your life. WHAT made you get that divorce carries more weight than HOW. HOW questions invite people to change the truth, to lie. One can say their partner did everything wrong with HOW questions. Why would anyone want to tell the truth about a divorce? These personal and private matters leave one much work and plenty of brain exercise time. The brain mulls and goes over the HOW come one got a divorce question for decades. Even after one gets divorce a second time, the first divorce brain exercising material hasn’t been exhausted.
#13 Almost without question, whenever a pop-culture book arrives using HOW, pulls everyone in. HOW questions invite people unintended and not interested and who even should not be involved in its midst. One example, HOW to be the best ____________ your woman ever had? Men will flock to such books and be slaughtered by information, totally unnecessary, and incorrect for their lives. HOW come feminists hate all men, is another hot topic? HOW come feminism has failed society? All the people had to ask was WHAT is feminism? Next, find the Duluth Model, and they are done.
I often ask the question; HOW can we make women great again! You get my point. A useless question.
#14 People love to ask questions. Everyone wants to know about this and that, but WHAT is the use? Does one need to get a degree now to ask a question? Information thoroughly explained ten years ago is defunct, out-of-date, useless, and discarded like trash by the world of today. I, once, loved reading, Women, and Love by Sheer Hite, I think it was. Only to learn that today’s women are liars, complaining, perpetual victims who do not love men at all, hold an endless desire for male resources, and only faked victimhood to obtain power over all men. Herd women, as I call them, want to do away with “Due Process,” “Right and Wrong,” “Basic Logical, Biological Facts, Penis-man, Woman-vagina,” “Two-Parent Household-good, One-Parent Household-bad.” On and on, none of the information filling up our libraries and bookshelves holds any relevance anymore, much as the bumbling question, “HOW come Patriarchy exist?” cannot provide any reliable answers. One cannot even ask the question, “HOW come I should believe all women?”
“WHAT is good about Patriarchy?” However, provides many benefits and is a workable, centuries workable model of progress. “HOW to destroy the Patriarchy, however, is a futile question bound to lead to madness, destruction, and dissolution of many societies and cultures? HOW can a woman be a man?” is as ludicrous as HOW can a man be a woman?”
WHAT can a man be good at? WHAT can a woman be good at? WHAT are the ways for each of the two biological sexes to provide maximum benefit to society? These questions stimulate practical answers society can and will build upon for centuries, even millenniums to come. When a large community dies, no one is going to go back and ask, HOW come Communism does not work? Because they will have learned once again, Communism never worked! They will have discovered yet, another deluded group of young people will come along asking, HOW come Communism and socialism will not work this time?
When you ask WHAT Communism is, the truth immediately ventures forth. Sometimes shy at first because it knows Communism is a deadly, suicidal economic system going against all-natural law! The truth slowly raises its hand and becomes more and more bolder as you listen.
On the contrary, you do not discover the truth by asking HOW Communism works, because it is implied, Communism must work, and you just need to understand it!
And similarly, “Tell us Your Truth” implies HOW you see the world is unique as equal and satisfying as HOW everyone else sees the Truth. Boys being castrated before they can even adequately read is not my version of the TRUTH. It is THE TRUTH; no child can make that decision at that age! WHAT is a child doing deciding before they can read before they’ve even touched great literature before they’ve also reached that age of traumatic change from child to adult, girl to woman, and boy to man? WHAT are we doing to our children! It is a good WHAT question. WHAT makes feminist think stopping abortions after the baby is born is the equivalent to castrating all men over 50 years of age? WHAT is the less than one-percent (who cannot produce children) trying to do to our children who in no shape or form want to be LGQ+ HOWEVER?
Yes, the usefulness of a WHAT question outweighs the value of a HOW question for the majority of people. And that is because people look for simple things that work.