03/22/2023 An Unexamined Life #10   Leave a comment

“A unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

I thought I’d continue with another installment of interesting questions created to assist us in self-evaluation. These installments have made for some lively discussions with my better-half after we discovered some surprisingly different answers. I hope you have a partner or spouse to discuss them with. It can be quite enlightening.


  • If you knew your child would be severely retarded and would die by the age of five, would you decide to have an abortion?
  • Do you find it hard to say “no” when you regularly do favors you do not want to do? If so, why?
  • If you began to be very attracted to someone of another race, how would your behavior differ from what it would be toward someone of your own race?
  • Would you rather spend a month on vacation with your parents or put in overtime at your current job for four weeks without extra compensation?
  • Would you like to know the precise day of your death?
  • Would you accept a guaranteed, lifetime allowance of $50,000 per year (adjusted annually for inflation) if accepting it meant you could never again earn money from either work or investments.
  • What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
  • Do you ever spit or pick your nose in public? What about cleaning your teeth with a toothpick?
  • A close friend asks, and genuinely wants your opinion about something, but your opinion is one that he is likely to find quite painful. For example, your friend is an artist and asks your honest estimate of his chances of being successful. You think he is an atrocious artist who hasn’t the slightest chance of success. What would you do?
  • Do you have a favorite sexual fantasy? Would you like to have it fulfilled?



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