We Asked a Simple Question: “Why are you here?”

"Why are you here?"

I was asked this question a couple of years ago. It is a question that is meant to have an easy answer and yet I found myself at a loss for words when I tried to answer it. The concept is simple enough. However, as I started thinking about what the question actually meant and what it was actually asking, it started to take on a life of its own.

We Asked a Simple Question: "Why are you here?"

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Of course, "here" could be anywhere and it’s different for everyone. However, beyond that notion of location, we have to take into account that "here" also means being in the present; being in the ‘now’ which makes "here" not just a place on a map but also a place in time.

Knowing why we are "here" gives us the most concrete and basic thing we can know about ourselves, which is, that there’s a reason for us being where ever were are in our lives.

For artists and designers, knowing why we are "here" is especially important since it’s the kind of knowledge that can give purpose and meaning to our work.

For this piece, I asked previous contributors and friends of Six Revisions and Design Instruct to answer the question: "Why are you here?"

The writers could answer the question in anyway they like. It could be several sentences long or it can be just a single word. Their answer could be funny and clever or inspiring and deeply profound.

Below, you’ll find some of the answers I got from this exercise along with a sampling of their favorite works.

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We Asked a Simple Question: "Why are you here?"

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About the Author

Isaac Gube is a photographer, philosopher, illustrator, adventurer, designer, and whatever else he chooses to be on any given day. You can connect with him on Twitter @IAMTHEGUBE or visit his Flickr page to see some of his photos.