Can "why" exist?
A question perplexes me and I'd love for both theists and atheists alike to respond to this if they would. As far as I understand evolution (and, by extension, atheism?), there is no "why." Things exist and that is all. Based on certain conditions (eternal matter; cosmic forces; etc.) the earth came into existence and so did life. There is still no "why"; there just "is." Through evolution, life made its way up to the state it is now. Still, there is no "why"; there only "is." And yet, humanity is plagued with the question of why the universe exists (some cultures focus more upon it than others, to be sure). Here is my question then: Can a concept exist if it has no objective reality? If there is no meaning (beyond that which we attach through our mind, self, consciousness, whatever) then how can we even conceive of the concept of meaning? How can "why" exist (or, I suppose, have so much significance) for creatures begotten through a process with no intrinsic meaning? Thoughts?