Questions to Ponder Part 3

I’m still working through the answers to some questions I found on Imgur here. They are a mixture of thoughtful and daft. Wordwitch got in ahead of me with this one, so here are some of her answers, which are interesting and funny as always. Anyone who wants to join in with their own answers is very welcome, either in the comments, or on your own blog if you fancy (feel free to add a link in the comments).

The Questions

  1. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  1. If not now, then when? If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  1. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  1. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  1. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
  1. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  1. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  1. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  1. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

My Answers

  1. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

This morning I was researching for a new project I’m working on, I don’t know about ‘most passionate and alive’, but somewhat thrilled and giddy.

  1. If not now, then when?

What?

If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

Eh? I guess this is a motivating call to ‘just do it!’ I think I’m too contrary for those to work on me. I can motivate myself fine, but someone shouting encouragement at me will only inspire me to procrastinate with some cake and TV.

  1. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

Sure. Once while on acid with a friend is one time I especially remember. We sat watching cranes building stuff, side by side in silence. I had the most profound experience thinking about life and how busy we all are; I felt that I had connected with this friend on a truly deep level despite the lack of words, that we were attuned, and that he must also have had also had the same realisations about life that I had had. Turned out later that he’d had a horrendous trip and had been beset by demons and doubt.

  1. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

Because belief causes emotion and that can be used to obliterate reason, and some people exploit that to make themselves feel important. Emotions are amazing and make life worthwhile, but they are also extremely dangerous because they feel like absolute truth without needing any evidence at all.

  1. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

No not without deluding yourself. I think if you remove doubt, then you are more likely to commit evil. Only by questioning yourself can you keep in check. People without doubt are appealing, but dangerous.

  1. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Yep. Although after sashaying around the world a few times, I’d probably go back to doing my job again – but fewer hours.

  1. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

I do enjoy my job. I’ve almost always done jobs I like, I don’t know if it’s luck or just because I’m so awful at sticking with things I don’t enjoy. I’ve always chosen enjoying my job over earning good money; as a result I’ve always been broke, which has its own problems. I think there’s pressure in society to achieve both – money AND job satisfaction – as if both are possible for most people, but I doubt they are, which makes questions like this seem a bit unfair. However, I would like to work less, just so I have time to do other stuff, like writing.

  1. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

No, generally, there is some repetition in my life, there needs to be a routine because constant change is also exhausting. However, there is usually something going on that suggests change is over the horizon, irons in the fire, seeds planted etc. I have a quiet fear of being stuck in a rut, so in the past when I found myself in one I flailed madly about until the rut was destroyed, usually along with all stability in my life. These days I try to shake things up by taking on a new creative endeavour or challenge, that seems a bit healthier.

  1. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

I do that all the time. It’s why I’m always bumping into things, stubbing my toe and then feeling beset with horror when I realise that the soft glow of my idea was actually the dim bulb of stupidity. It’s not something I’d give up  though, that rush of excitement when I think Yes! This is it! I know exactly what I have to do! It’s going to be amazing! is my favourite feeling in the world, even if it’s often wrong.

Now over to you… 🙂

8 thoughts on “Questions to Ponder Part 3

  1. LOL@cake and t.v.

    oh damn – that was just the perfect answer get me totally laughing on a very bad day …. so thank you …. and yeah, the more I’m pushed, the more I dig in my heels and refuse to “play” ….

    re: choosing jobs of choice and interest over money: don’t you just sometimes feel like the entire deck is stacked against you to succeed??? totally frustrating really

    great answers …. and thanks for the shout out 🙂

    so the final countdown to the last leg of these questions …. it’s up to you, I’ve already answered and have the post scheduled … for I can’t remember when, probably next week ….

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  2. I’m very sad you’re having a bad day, I’m sending healing, happy vibes I don’t really believe in, because they’re all I have right now – but I’m sending them with screwed up fists and a gurning face, so may well work. I need a gurning face emoticon. Perhaps >S)

    I’m not sure I feel that the deck is stacked, more that I’m playing a completely different game to everyone else – so they keep shouting ‘Bingo!’ while I’m trying to use my pair of aces and nobody’s taking any notice, because I’m clearly an idiot. ‘But it’s a pair of aces!’ I’m trying to explain, and somebody else shouts ‘Bingo!’ That’s what it feels like. I should probably learn to play bingo, but it seems such a stupid, dull game. Poker is better. You see?

    I’ll try to answer some more questions this week, too many too soon and I start to get cranky with them. As you found, they can get annoying.

    Here’s another gurning face sending joyous, nourishing vibes 3’S

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  3. I do not believe in “good” and “evil”, but i *know* I do not want to suffer, therefore I consider it *wrong* to make others suffer as well. Knowing good from evil to me is kind of besides the point. I try not to make others suffer and am willing to fight to protect others from suffering.

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  4. I think about the “million dollar” question a lot. I like my job, so I don’t know if I would quit if I could. I’d have a lot more time to do what I’m passionate about: writing both fantasy/novels and essays, which would lessen my stress a great deal. I’m also not sure if million would be enough for me to quit on, and I know how sad that sounds. I have a lot of student loan debt, and I’m just garnering more medical debt. Working gives me health insurance (and I’m not even going to go into what a colossal shit show that’s going to be in the States0, and I’m certain I’d be bankrupt in a few years if I just up and quit. Now 50 million dollars and I might be in business lol.

    Agree with you wholeheartedly on the religion and good/evil question. I don’t think it’s possible to know anything without doubt. Doubt keeps us asking questions and zeroing in on the truth. I sometimes do wish i could take some things on faith, but my brain just doesn’t operate that way. I’m going to doubt and question until the day I die. How else can you weed out the bullshit?

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    1. I’m very sorry to hear about your medical bills and woes, it must be worrying to HAVE to stay in work when you’re ill in order to have care while ill (and seems topsy turvy).
      It’s good to know that someone agrees with me on the doubt question, I think questioning is a massively important skill, and the reason humans have learned so much. (and we definitely need to keep weeding out the bullshit! 😉 )

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