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01/26/2023 An Unexamined Life #8   Leave a comment

Installment eight continues this series of posts designed to promote discussion and thought through self-examination. I hope it’ll generate some interesting discussions between you, your friends, and partners. Without interesting people in our lives and a lack of interesting conversations things would become excruciatingly boring.

Also, for those of you who are interested, starting today this blog will no longer be posted daily. I’ve decided to cut back a little to allow for more time for other projects. It’s been more than twelve years of daily postings and I’ll miss that part of my routine. I’m immediately cutting back to three postings a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays beginning today. Now let’s get on with Self-Examination #8.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

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  • Do you usually make a special effort to thank someone who does you a favor? How do you react when you aren’t thanked for going out of your way for someone?
  • Would you like to have your rate of physical aging slowed by a factor of thirty so as to give you a life expectancy of approximately 2000 years?
  • You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you’ve never met. Would you want to go if you had to go by yourself?
  • Since adolescence, in what three-year period do you feel you experienced the most personal growth and change?
  • If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

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  • If your parents became infirm and the only alternative to bringing them into your house was to put them in a nursing home, would you do so? What about a sister or brother who suffered a permanently crippling injury and had nowhere to go?
  • If you were at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and you found a dead cockroach in your salad, what would you do?
  • If you could take a one-month trip to anywhere in the world and money were not a consideration, where would you go and what would you do?
  • Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by five years to become extremely attractive?
  • Given the ability to project yourself into the past but not return, would you do so? Where would you go and what would you try to accomplish if you knew you might change the course of history?

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  • How many different sexual partners have you had in your life? Would you prefer to have had more or fewer?
  • Have you ever considered suicide? What is so important to you that without it life would not be worth living?
  • If your friends and acquaintances were willing to bluntly and honestly tell you what they really thought of you, would you want them to?
  • If this country were to suffer an unprovoked nuclear attack and would be totally obliterated in a matter of minutes, would you favor unleashing the US nuclear arsenal upon the attackers?
  • Would you accept $10,000 to shave your head and continue your normal activities without hat or wig without explaining the reason for the new haircut?

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ENJOY YOUR DAY

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

12/28/2022 An Examined Life #4   3 comments

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“The unexamined life is not worth living”

Socrates

Since Christmas has finally come and gone, I thought another installment of An Examined Life would get us all thinking about the end of another year and what we’ve accomplished or didn’t accomplish. Maybe these postings can assist us in deciding what our New Year’s resolutions might be. They’re always fun to write and I’ll be posting mine very soon. How about you?

  • When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  • You have the power to go any distance into the future and after one year, return to the present with any knowledge you have gained from your experience, but you cannot bring any physical objects with you. Would you make the journey if it carried a 50% risk of death?
  • Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as your dinner guest? As your closest friend? As your lover?
  • While working late at night, you slightly scraped the side of a nearby Porsche. You’re certain no one else is aware of what happened. The damage is minor and would not be covered by insurance anyway. Would you leave a note?
  • If you could choose the manner of your death, what would it be?

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  • Do you have any specific long-term goals? What is one and how you plan to reach it?
  • For what in your life do you feel the most grateful?
  • How do you react when people sing “Happy Birthday” to you in a restaurant?
  • What is the worst psychological torture you can imagine suffering? Anything causing even minor physical injury should not be considered.
  • Would you like your spouse to be both smarter and more attractive than you?

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  • If you found that a good friend had AIDS, would you avoid him or her? What if your brother or sister had it?
  • Would you be willing to give up sex for one year if you knew it would give you a much deeper sense of peace than you have now?
  • A good friend pulls off a well-conceived practical joke that plays on one of your foibles and makes you look ridiculous. How would you react?
  • By controlling medical research funds, you are in the position to guarantee that a cure will be found in fifteen years for any disease you choose. Unfortunately, no progress on any others would be made during that period. Would you target one disease?
  • Would you accept one year of life if it meant taking one year from the life of someone in the world selected at random? Would it matter if you were told whose life you had shortened?

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THESE SHOULD GENERATE SOME CONVERSATIONS

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

“The unexamined life is not worth living”

Socrates

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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?

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Special thanks to Gregory Stock and Socrates.

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