Stephanie: Why do you train so hard?
Stephanie: Why do you need to be strong?
Eric: To climb mountains and go to the pole.
Stephanie: And why do you need to climb mountains?
Eric: Because they’re there.
Stephanie: Why do you have to go to
Eric: Because I’ve never been.
Stephanie: Couldn’t you be more specific?
Eric: I could, but my answers would reveal me in an even worse light. This way, I remain merely an enigma.
We are often asked why we do things. We can be clear, if the answer is easily given and does not invite a challenge. Or we can be evasive if we are not sure of the answer or if we think our answer will show us in a bad light.
George Mallory made the response “Because it’s there” famous when asked why he wanted to climb
Eric may be edgily hedging as he racks his brains to provide a justification for his travels. In cryptically saying “Because they’re there,” he may be buying a little time to justify his large carbon footprint caused by his frequent flying....