Gathering all of the data and information is the function of asking “what” questions, which is knowledge, and is necessary to see “what” is going on. Asking “why” questions is next, in order to find and understand “why” the patterns are there in the first place, so that a conscious change can be enacted. Lastly, once enough “what” and “why” questions have been asked, and any contradictions that are present have been removed from between them (by asking more “what” and “why” questions), they experience union together and wisdom is born — aka, right action/manifestation, which is “how” you are going to live and experience your life.
The Trivium method of critical thinking functions like this:
1. “What” is the problem? Knowledge / Grammar / Input (masculine)
2. “Why” is the problem there? Understanding / Logic / Process (feminine)
3. “How” can I move forward? Wisdom / Rhetoric / Output (child)
A patriarchal society skips step two and jumps straight to step three, since they remove the feminine understanding / logic and act first without full understanding of “why” they are acting. However, when they experience a problem because they do not fully understand “why” they are doing an action, they get into trouble, or feel guilty for their failure — then they finally ask “why” after it is already too late. In a nutshell, they get some knowledge, act upon it, and only think to ask “why” after they make their mess, and/or feel guilty for their poor behavior; they ask why of their “how” rather than “why” of their “what”. They may reason that at least they are acting though, since they perceive that the feminine slows them down and rains on their parade by asking too many “why” questions, and in some cases, prevents them from acting altogether, since she pokes holes in their faulty reasoning.
Why would the feminine aspect prevent an individual from acting? Because there are too many contradictions between their knowledge (input) and understanding (logic), so if the individual really wants to act, they better make sure they have enough of the correct knowledge, and that it is logical and lines up with the feminine principle, or the feminine will not approve of the behavior. Those who act prior to having enough understanding are like those who create a castle from sand and expect it to last, however, those who act as the natural consequence of having enough knowledge and understanding, having thoroughly removed any contradictions from them both, are those who build their creations upon a solid foundation — it will stand the test of time and beyond.
If the output from the true pattern of “what, why, how” is wisdom, then the output from the limited pattern of “what, how, why” would be called folly, foolishness, or false rhetoric. To become wise it is imperative to retrain the mind into the correct pattern of thinking, where the individual master’s the art of asking the right questions in the correct order. Anything short of the complete reprogramming of this pattern is still folly.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. ~Solomon, Proverbs 14:8
Update June 7th, 2015:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:2
The pattern of this world is unnatural in almost every way, humans do not know or understand nature anymore. Some do, but most do not. We are able to openly converse with aspects of nature now, and they respond immediately with understanding to us. Our cats are an example of this, we ask them questions and they answer immediately with an action… Not training but a mental connection. We speak to them as we would speak to an equal, and they communicate with us as well. Tesla was deeply connected to nature, which is why he could fully understand a principle or invention before making it, and it would work on his first try.
Renewing the mind implies understanding prior to acting, while the pattern of this world is to act without understanding. Acting without understanding is called sin and folly, but with understanding it is called wisdom. We are capable of transforming how we think, through the renewing of our mind, and if we do, we’ll be able to infuse our behaviors with understanding, and then we can experience a miraculous life.