People are not always mindful of the cause. They prefer to stay focussed on what they desire. At least partly, that is the problem with the scientific method. Science is focussed on explanation of effects. The causes are only hypothesized.
Today, a kid cried for candy. The kid eventually obtained candy, but it seldom realizes the full story behind it. Mama gave me candy is not the full story. How did mama get the candy? Who made candy? Where? How did candy get there? If a child eating candy can be such a complex process, imagine the list of possibilities in a complex planet.
You may desire something, but to obtain what you desire you have to pursue a path of acquisition. For people who only desire something and dont understand what it takes to make it happen, the desire almost always turns to disappointment.
But to a learner, the pursuit of cause should not be driven by desire.
There are billions of people on this planet. They do billions of things every instant. There are zillions of things happening in this planet every instant.
These are caused by something and they in turn cause something. Understanding a single planet completely, is technically a zillion variable problem.
Understanding the universe may be even more complex.
But, of course, no human attempts to understand or remember everything. Our brains are so limited by capacity or at least we haven’t still exploited the full working capacity of the human brain because humans live in circles of understanding. An artist understands arts and a scientist understands science. Humans dont see past their limited circle of knowledge. And this circle of knowledge is as big as we make it by our effort.
Even knowing more within a circle of knowledge is a challenge to humans, knowing what to know is a bigger challenge.
How much can a human brain learn?
How big is the truth?
We know, at least generically, what causes the waves in the ocean. But do we know enough to understand ocean waves?
Is the knowledge of the effect sufficient to predict the cause or even is the knowledge of the cause sufficient to predict the effect ?
Is there always a cause? I can’t but help wonder.