12/19/2022 An Examined Life #3   Leave a comment

“The unexamined life is not worth living


With Christmas fast approaching I thought I’d post the third installment of An Examined Life. I found that some of these questions gave me pause. I really had to stop and consider some of my answers. See what you think.

  • If you knew there would be a nuclear war in one week, what would you do?
  • Would you accept 20 years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment if it meant you would die at the end of that period.
  • What is the greatest accomplishment of your life? Is there anything you hope to do that is even better?
  • What was your most enjoyable dream? your worst nightmare?
  • Would you give up half of what you now own for a pill that would permanently change you so that one hour of sleep each day would fully refresh you?


  • If you knew you could devote yourself to any single occupation – Music, writing, acting, business, politics, medicine, etc. – and be among the best and most successful in the world at it, what would you choose? If you knew you had only a 10% chance of being so successful, would you still put in the effort?
  • What was your best experience with drugs or alcohol? your worst experience?
  • If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it even if it sounded strange and not very appealing?
  • To your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?
  • If the person you were engaged to marry had an accident and became a paraplegic, would you go through with the marriage or back out?


  • Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire; after saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save one item. What would it be?
  • How would you react if you were to learn that your mate had had a lover of the same sex before you knew each other?
  • When were you last in a fight? What caused it and who won?
  • You are being offered $1 million for the following acts: Before you are ten pistols – only one of which is loaded. You must pick up one of the pistols, point it at your forehead, and pull the trigger. If you walk away, you do so a millionaire. Would you accept the risk?
  • Someone very close to you is in pain, paralyzed, and will die within a month He begs you to give him poison so that he can die. Would you? What if it was your father.




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