A proximate cause is an event immediately responsible for some outcome, as opposed to the root cause - the ultimate, "real" reason something happened.
To diagnose the real cause, you can use "5 Why's" method.
For example, a problem:I got a speeding ticket.
- Why? Was driving too fast. (Proximate cause)
- Why?Was late for work.
- Why?Woke up late.
- Why?Went to sleep late.
- Why? Watched Netflix whole night. (Root cause)
Adding some more whys
Why?Netflix has videos to watch
Why?Videos uploaded by someone or some group of people
Why?To get food
Why?Just because he/she/they born (root cause)
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