Problem Solving

I have always been inquisitive. Whatever happens, I always ask “why?” This is my way of discovering things and getting closer to the heart of reality. In essence, it is how I solve most problems. What makes people tick and do the crazy things they do, I want to know. What if this or that happens in the world? I need to know why? While this approach can be irritating, it does give me the answers I seek. I have learned much about the functions of the mind and the body in this way and about how the world operates. While everyone has a different response to this question, I weigh them against one another to arrive at the truth. I learn to uncover recurring problems and how to prevent them from rearing their ugly heads. I am happy with my method of exploration and credit any knowledge I have to it.

While asking “why” applies to people, it also pertains to places and things. People are more interesting to me, of course, but mundane objects also require scrutiny. Take the water heater for example. It has been acting up lately and my dad is busy looking into how to fix it properly. I printed this page out to help him: Since he is not the most talented handyman, it will take him time to uncover the source of the problem. He then applies his own method of trial and error to find the best remedy. Hopefully, he has enough experience to know what to do, but it isn’t always the case so I may need to resort to asking for help on Facebook. When he first mentioned the situation, I immediately asked why, which sets up a kind of puzzle that I must solve. This is an interesting way to go through life and deal with experience.

I know some things about water heaters so I came up with a few ready answers to the question of why? There are the obvious possibilities. The appliance isn’t working for one of many common reasons: It is old and worn out (so replace it), it has a loose nut or bolt (so get the wrench), there is a malfunction in the pilot light that is a gas issue (call the utility company), the electrical connection is bad (hire a professional), a metal part is broken (get out the welder), or some other explanation. When he says that it isn’t working, he means that it is not producing enough hot water. It may generate some, but not its usual amount. On the other hand, it could be leaking as evidenced by a pool of water on the floor. One by one I go over each scenario and apply a solution to each. My dad listens and helps me decides if I am right. This is an example of my preference for logical thinking. If this…than that. That is how I structure my thoughts. It is more efficient than my dad’s trial and error approach which takes more time and energy. He is starting to see the light.