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01/19/23 An Examined Life #7   Leave a comment

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

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Welcome to installment number seven. These questions appear a little harder to answer simply. Only a frank discussion will bring the answers, both good and bad. Have fun . . .

  • Would you rather play a game with someone more or less talented as you? Would it matter who’s watching?
  • Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
  • While in the government, you discover the President is committing extortion and other serious crimes. By exposing the situation, you might bring about the President’s downfall, but your career would be destroyed because you would be framed, fired, and suffer public humiliation on other matters. Knowing you would be vindicated five years later; would you blow the whistle? What if you knew you would never be vindicated?
  • On a busy street you are approached apologetically by a well-dressed stranger who asks for a dollar to catch a bus and make a phone call. He says he has lost his wallet. What would you do? If approached in the same way by a haggard looking stranger claiming to be hungry and unable to find a job, what would you do?
  • If by sacrificing your life you could contribute so much to the world that you would be honored in all nations, would you be willing to do so? If so, would you make the same sacrifice knowing that someone you thoroughly disliked would receive the honor while you went unrecognized?

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  • Knowing you had a 50% chance of winning and would be paid 10 times the amount of your bet if you won, what fraction of what you now own would you be willing to wager?
  • What are your most compulsive habits? Do you regularly struggled to break these habits?
  • You know you will die of an incurable disease within three months. Would you allow yourself to be frozen within the week if you knew it would give you a modest chance of being revived in 1000 years and living a greatly extended life?
  • You are driving late at night in a safe but deserted neighborhood when a dog suddenly darts in front of your car. Though you slam on the brakes, you hit the animal. Would you stop to see how injured the animal was? If you did so and found that the dog was dead but had a name tag, would you contact the owner?
  • What do you most strive for in your life: accomplishment, security, love, power, excitement, knowledge, or something else?

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  • An eccentric millionaire offers to donate a large sum to charity if you will step completely naked from a car onto a busy downtown street, walk four blocks, and climb back into the car. Knowing that there would be no danger of physical abuse, would you do it?
  • How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people?
  • Is the fact that you have never done something before increase or decrease its appeal to you?
  • Would you be willing to give up sex for five years if you could have wonderfully sensual and erotic dreams any night you wished?
  • At a meal, your friends start belittling a common acquaintance. If you felt their criticisms were unjustified, would you defend the person?

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THE QUESTIONS KEEP GETTING MORE INTERESTING

01/13/2023 An Examined life #6   Leave a comment

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

It’s once again time to introduce installment number seven of this series. As I’ve posted them, I’ve found the conversations between myself and my better-half to be quite interesting. Some of my answers have surprised her and some of hers have surprised me. That’s a good thing for any relationship when after twenty or more years together you can still be pleasantly surprised by each other. Let’s get started . . .

  • One hot summer afternoon, while walking through a parking lot at a large shopping center, you notice a dog suffering badly from the heat inside a locked car. What would you do?
  • Do you feel ill at ease going alone to either dinner or a movie? What about going on a vacation by yourself?
  • If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living?
  • For $20,000 would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone.
  • Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at age 80? Assume that most of the last 30 years would be good ones.

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  • If you were to discover that your closest friend was a heroin dealer, what would you do?
  • Is it easy for you to accept help when you need it? Will you ask for help?
  • If you were helping to raise money for charity and someone agreed to make a large contribution if you would perform at the upcoming fundraising show, would you? If so, what would you like to perform? Assume the show would have an audience of about 1000 people.
  • Would you have one of your fingers surgically removed if it somehow guaranteed immunity from all major diseases?
  • Would you like to be famous? In what way?

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  • How do you picture your funeral? Is it important for you to have people mourn your death?
  • Which of the following restrictions could you best tolerate: leaving the country permanently, or never leaving the state in which you now live?
  • You, your closest friend, and your father are on vacation together, hiking in a remote jungle. Your two companions stumble into a nest of poisonous vipers and are bitten repeatedly. You know neither will live without an immediate shot of antivenom, yet there is only a single dose of antivenom and that is in your pocket. What would you do?
  • Where would you choose to be if you could place yourself anywhere on a scale from 1 to 10, where one is hardship, struggle, and extraordinary accomplishment and 10 is comfort, peace of mind, and no accomplishment. Why? Where are you now?
  • If you could choose the sex and physical appearance of your soon to be born child, would you do it?

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HAVE FUN WITH IT

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