I asked a question.
And got back “Why not?” as a reply.
I wanted answers, reasons, and a conversation, instead I get: “Why not?”. No doubt the answerer thought he was being cheeky and smart and mysterious. At that point in time, I ranked those two words amongst being inundated by locusts and blood plagues.
So why not use “Why not?”? Because it’s insolent and, lord of all nonsense and stupidity, a conversation killer.
There are better ways to be smart. Like…
- “Because it’s there.”: Pay homage to mountaineers and people who do crazy but WOW things.
- “I’ve never done it before”: You’re open to trying new things. Interesting.
- “Why do you think I do it?”: Throw the ball back in my court. Get me seeing it from your perspective.
- “Why shouldn’t I do it?”: Ask for a contradictory stance. A challenge that’s less insulting than Why Not?
Of course, these are simply suggestions. But if you’re aiming to be less of a mysterious dick, well then, why not?