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(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and...
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I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
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Yeah. Rigorous questioning techniques will always be in demand – and not only in the learning field... Right?
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Every field of life is a "learning field". These six words embody what Aristotle called Man's desire to know.
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Daemon wrote:
(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and WhenAnd How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
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Absolutely, posing the right questions and then analyzing, interpreting, and verifying the answers can lead to knowledge.
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(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.


What a clever boy!
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Poem from the Short Story The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling



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I Keep Six Honest Serving Men


I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small—
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes—
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

Notes:

First published in the Ladies’ Home Journal, April 1900, illustrated by Frank Verbeck. Collected in Just So Stories (1902), illustrated by the author, and followed by the poem "I keep six honest serving-men.” The drawing of the Elephant’s Child’s tug of war with the crocodile (above) was reproduced on the cover.

The story

Originally the elephant had a short nose the size of a boot, flexible but useless for grasping things. One little elephant was insatiably inquisitive. He asked so many questions that all his relations spanked him. One day he asked:
“What does the Crocodile have for dinner?”
They all spanked him and told him to hush. Then he asked Kolokolo Bird, who told him to go the Limpopo River and find out. On the way there he met and asked the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, who also spanked him. Then he came to the river and found the Crocodile, who told him to come and hear the whispered answer. When he came close, the Crocodile caught him by his nose and tried to pull him into the water.

The Elephant’s Child resisted, helped by the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, but his nose was pulled out into a long trunk before the Crocodile let go. He found he could use it to swat flies, pick grass, and gather mud to cool his head. It was also useful for picking up litter and for spanking his relatives when he got home. Eventually they all went to the river to get trunks from the Crocodile, and nobody spanked anybody any more.

Kipling’s daughter Elsie Bambridge claimed that “I keep six honest serving-men” referred to herself as a little girl, when she was known in the family as “Elsie Why” [ Carrington, p. 512]. ORG suggested as its origin a medieval Latin epigram in the Register of Daniel Rough, Clerk of Romney (Kent) in the 14th century:

Si sapiens fore vis sex servus qui tibi mando
Quid dicas et ubi, de quo, cur, quomodo, quando.


(If you wish to be wise I commend to you six servants,
Ask what, where, about what, why, how, when.)

Read more: http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/rg_elephantschild1.htm

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Shhh well/ that was really interesting, except for my trunk. Said the young elephant.
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(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and WhenAnd How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
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