12/09/2022 “An Examined Life #1”   2 comments

It is better to make a mistake with full force of your being than to carefully avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Socrates

I really want to break away from all of the Christmas hoopla for a few days. This post will not be about trivia but questions to help determine your values, your beliefs, and your life; love, money, sex, integrity, generosity, pride and death are all included. I’m going to supply you with fifteen questions (the first of thirteen installments) and these questions could help you to understand yourself a little better. I honestly think that doing it with a spouse or partner would be particularly interesting because of the conversations that would follow. Let’s get started . . .

  • For a person you love deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of seeing your family or friends again?
  • Do you believe in ghosts or evil spirits? Would you be willing to spend the night alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted?
  • If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having called someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?
  • If you could spend one year in perfect happiness but afterword would remember nothing of the experience, would you do so? If not, why not?
  • If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1% of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?

Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen. Socrates

  • You discover your wonderful one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the mistake?
  • Do you think that the world will be a better place or a worse place 100 years from now?
  • Would you rather be a member of a world championship sports team or be the champion of an individual sport? Which sport would you choose?
  • Would you accept $1 million to leave the country and never set foot in it again?
  • Which sex do you think has it easier in our culture? Have you ever wished you were of the opposite sex?

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. Socrates

  • You are given the power to kill people simply by thinking of their deaths and twice repeating the word “goodbye”. People would die a natural death, and no one would suspect you. Are there any situations in which you would use this power?
  • If you are able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or the mind of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
  • What would constitute a “perfect” evening for you?
  • Would you rather be extremely successful professionally and have a tolerable yet unexciting private life, or have an extremely happy private life and only a tolerable and uninspiring professional life?
  • Whom do you admire most? In what way does that person inspire you?

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More installments will follow. Pour some wine and enjoy the discussion.

Special thanks to Gregory Stock and Socrates.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”

Socrates

2 responses to “12/09/2022 “An Examined Life #1”

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  1. I love these questions and hate them at the same time.

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