I have often wondered about this interesting and telling difference, and how it reveals the latent mentality between the cultures that ask “Why? and the ones that ask “Why not”. The former need sufficient reason in order to do something, whereas the latter need only find no reason not to do it. “Why not” opens up possibilities, prospects that are adventurous, exciting, and unpredictable, while “Why” limits one’s options, connoting stability, practicality, and definitiveness.
The Peppercorns live at DDC -- Eric Ji of The Peppercorns will be joining us tonight at The Bookworm for Loreli China Presents: Songwriters of Beijing