The idea of a reason, a cause, is dependent on analyzing something over a time.
Take a look at the video clip.
Can you see the ant? (Continued at bottom of video screen…
Question : Why did the ant jump off the mug?
Answer : the mug was hot?
Question : Why did the ant get on top of the mug in the first place?
The question answer sequence can go on almost indefinitely. The further back we trace things, the more possible reasons there will be in a particular link.
The point I am making here is that we need a clear focus on what our objective is, in asking questions. Is it to understand the behavior of ants? Is it to know what actually happened that led to an event? Or maybe the purpose is to design mugs.