05/04/2023 “An Unexamined Life #11”   2 comments

I know it’s been a while but here is installment number eleven to further assist you in the examination of your life. I hope these fifteen questions will prompt some interesting conversations between you and the person you share them with. As the famous Greek scholar Socrates once stated: “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

  • If you knew a thermonuclear holocaust would occur in precisely twenty years and no one would survive it, how would you change your present life?
  • When did you last cry in front of another person? by yourself?
  • If, by getting a 2″ x 2″ tattoo, you could save five lives and prevent a terrorist attack, would you do so? If you were allowed to select the location and design, where would you have it placed and what would the design be?
  • Someone you love deeply is brutally murdered and you know the identity of the murderer, who unfortunately is acquitted of the crime. Would you seek revenge?
  • Would you be willing to give up all television for the next five years if it would induce someone to provide for 1000 starving children in Indonesia?


  • While arguing with a close friend on the telephone, she gets angry and hangs up. Assuming she is at fault and makes no attempt to contact you, how long would you wait to get in touch with her?
  • What do you value most in a relationship?
  • If you learned you would die in a few days, what regrets would you have? Were you given five extra years of life, could you avoid the same regrets five years hence?
  • Do you judge others by higher or lower standards than you use to judge yourself?
  • Would you be willing to make a substantial sacrifice to have any of the following: your picture on a postage stamp, your statue in a park, a college named after you, a Nobel prize, a national holiday in your honor?


  • On an airplane you are talking pleasantly to a stranger of average appearance. Unexpectedly, the person offers you $10,000 for one night of sex. Knowing that there is no danger and that the payment is certain, would you accept the offer?
  • If you had to spend the next two years inside a small but fully provisioned Antarctic shelter with one other person, whom would you like to have with you?
  • You notice a self-destructive behavior pattern in a friend who is clearly unaware of it. Would you point it out?
  • If you had the choice of one intimate soulmate and no other close friends, or of no such soulmate and many friends and acquaintances, which would you choose?
  • You become involved romantically but after six months realize you need to end the relationship. If you were certain the person would commit suicide if you were to leave and were also certain you could not be happy with the person, what would you do?




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  1. These posts are something I’ve wanted to comment/reply on for quite awhile. I’m certainly no Socrates but I do believe that everyone is philosophical to a certain extent. I’ve included a number of categories…some are thought provoking, some are moral questions and/or a crisis of conscience, and some are just silly and fun.
    Definitely looking forward to a reply!
    • You’re on your way to an important job interview, your third, and it’s with the CEO of the company. While driving down a narrow city street a large dog darts out between two parked cars. There’s absolutely no way to avoid hitting it and you do, head on. You’re pretty sure you killed the animal but you can’t be late for the interview. What do you do?
    • It’s the height of the Pandemic and you’re stopped so that a pedestrian can cross the street. All of a sudden the pedestrian falls to the ground. You rush to find his body slumped over and you can see he’s not breathing. Every second counts in this situation. Do you start CPR and do mouth to mouth resuscitation?
    • What is the dumbest thing you’ve ever done? Were there repercussions or consequences? Would you do it again?
    • You’re out for the evening in a very crowded place but you can’t help but notice someone across the room. What’s the first thing you see that draws you to that person? Is it clothing, attitude, hair, eyes, lips, that little area between the nose and mouth(Cupid’s Bow), dimples, perky breasts, or the total package?
    • Everyone has a special song or two from their past that evokes feelings, sights, smells, occasions, and memories. What’s your’s?
    • You’re out on a first date with someone. She’s had a little too much to drink, mostly at your urging. On the way home she becomes violently ill, opens the car window and throws up. Do you still kiss her goodnight and do you make another date?
    • It’s a very inopportune time and place. Suddenly you can feel a rumbling in your gut and the inevitable fart escapes and it’s silent but deadly. What do you do?
    • You’re out somewhere and you notice a very shapely woman in a tight fitting tank top. She can feel your gaze and turns around. You’re greeted with someone who is bra-less and her boobs are hanging down to her waist. What do you do?
    • Finally, we’ve all made decisions and choices, some good and some bad. What was the biggest regret of your life and if you could go back we you make a different choice?

    Have fun with this, think a lot and dig deeply to come up with the answers. Hmmmm…maybe I am Socrates!

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