12/13/2022 “An Examined Life #2”   Leave a comment

“The unexamined life is not worth living”



Last’s weeks installments created not only some discussion with my better-half but also with a number of readers. The general feeling was that it was an interesting process but disturbing once everyone started explaining their opinions. That’s a perfect reason to continue with these posts because the questions tend to get even more interesting as we proceed. Here are the next fifteen questions you can share with your spouse or partner. Have fun with it.

  • If at birth you could select the profession your child would eventually pursue, would you do so?
  • Would you be willing to become extremely ugly physically if it meant you would live for 1000 years at any physical age you choose?
  • If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one ability or quality, what would it be?
  • You have the chance to meet someone with you can have the most satisfying level imaginable – the stuff of dreams. Sadly, you know that in six months the person will die. Knowing the pain that would follow, would you still want to meet the person and fall in love? What if you knew your lover would not die, but instead would betray you?
  • If you knew of a way to use your estate, following your death, could greatly benefit humanity, would you do it and leave only a minimal amount to your family?

  • Do you prefer being around men or women? Do your closest friends tend to be men or women?
  • If you could use a voodoo doll to hurt anyone you choose, would you?
  • While on a trip to another city, your spouse or lover meets and spend the night with an exciting stranger. Given that they will never meet again, and that you will not otherwise learn of the incident, would you want your partner to tell you about? If roles were reversed, would you reveal what you had done?
  • Are there people you envy enough to want to trade lives with them? Who are they?
  • For an all-expense paid, one-week vacation anywhere in the world, would you be willing to kill a beautiful butterfly by pulling off its wings? What about stepping on a cockroach?

  • Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would end hunger in the world?
  • If God appeared to you in a series of vivid and moving dreams and told you to leave everything behind, travel alone to the Red Sea and become a fisherman, what would you do? What if you were told to sacrifice your child?
  • What is your most treasured memory?
  • Have you ever hated anyone? If so, why and for how long?
  • With you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers. What if you could keep $1 million or giveaway $20 million?


Special thanks to Gregory Stock and Socrates.

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