You can find the original questions and rules for this game here at the blog A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!. I found them, as usual, through Melanie’s blog Sparks from a combustible mind, and you can read her answers, here. And now, on to the questions.
Daily Topic Subject – The Philosophy of Living Life
Q1] What is your take on ‘free will?’ Eh, I don’t give it much thought. It’s something we all have. Everyone is free to make their own choices to a certain extent. I mean there are often extenuating circumstances and sometime our lives can become overwhelming and out of our control, but in the end, we are free to chose, even if we don’t like the choices we have to make.
Q2] We all ask ourselves at one time or another what is the point? So what is the point to our existence? I don’t think we have a “point” or a reason to exist. Why should we? Can’t we simply be? I mean, what is it about the human mind that there has to be a reason for it all? Do the stars have a reason for being? The sun? My dogs? No. They simply are. And so am I. I don’t need a reason to be in this great universe of ours. I simply am. And I’m quite content with that.
Q3] What is your belief on fate and Karma? I believe that what goes around comes around (Karma). If someone is an asshole their entire life, then they will get their comeuppance sooner or later. And that, dear reader, is their fate. Fate is what we make for ourselves. It is not preordained from birth — though some people are born into better lives than others, that is true, but some people will rise and fall because they are better builders of their own fate, while others wait for the world to build them ladders.
Q4] As a species, how do you think humans will become extinct or do you believe that we will not? Everything dies. Every single thing in this universe (including the universe) will cease to exist eventually. So it stands to reason that humans will die out eventually too. It’s just a question of when and how.
PQ5] What is your belief with regards the meaning of life? As I said before, life simply is… there is no meaning to it. We’re born, we live, we die. That’s it. Life has as much meaning as we give to it. Some people spend their whole lives searching for meaning when it’s right there in front of them. All they had to do was… be.
Q6] Ok, fess up, do you believe in aliens from outer space – is there really other life out there in the far reaching galaxies beyond our own? I agree with Melanie. It is the height of arrogance to think we’re the only intelligent species in this universe. I direct you, dear reader, to the Fermi Paradox.
PQ7] What is your best quote for ‘living life?’ Just breathe, you will never live this moment again.
Q8] What doesn’t kill us – makes us stronger – yes or no? Explain. Yes. Explanation… I dunno, because by surviving something that should have killed me but didn’t, I learned to endure pain better and also learned to avoid things that brought me more pain as well. So I’m not only stronger, but smarter too.
Q9] What would you say have been your biggest successes in life? That I’ve lived to half a century and haven’t killed anyone. It’s a joke! I’m not successful in the traditional sense, but the fact that I’ve made it this far is pretty damned impressive in my book.
Q10] If you could find out the exact time and cause of your death – would you want to know? No, I’d rather be taken away peacefully in my sleep without knowing I’ve been shuffled off this mortal coil.
Q11] Is it more important to help yourself, help your family, help your society, or help the world? There’s an old saying that says, “Charity starts at home.” Which means you need to help yourself first, then help your family and work your way outwards. It’s like when the oxygen bags drop down in an airplane, you need to put yours on first before you assist anyone else. Also, think of a pebble dropping in water. The pebble makes the biggest splash where it drops but its effects will still be felt along the edges of the pond.
PQ12] If humanity was put on trial by an advanced race of aliens, how would you defend humanity and argue for its continued existence? I hate these questions. Humanity is great just the way it is. People love to see the awfulness in the world, and that’s so sad. If they looked as hard for the beauty they would see how wonderful the human race is too. I look around me and all I see are good people — good people complaining about how awful everything is. But I’m surrounded by good people. Why can’t they see how many good people are surrounding them as well? It’s baffling to me. There are 7 billion people in this world and the majority of them are simply trying to live their lives in peace. We don’t need defending.
Q13] What is the biggest waste of human potential? There is no waste of human potential. We are what we are — no more, no less. We are evolving along quite nicely. We’ve come so far in my lifetime that it’s astonishing how advanced we are compared to what we were not even a century ago, and yet people think we’re somehow flawed. We’re not gods. We’re base animals like the rest of the mammal world. We’re the top of the food chain on this little world of ours and we shouldn’t be. Like we have no natural weapons — no claws, no sharp teeth. We have no natural pelts to protect us from the cold, but we’ve harnessed fire (and more), we’ve dipped our toes into space travel, and we’ve barely existed on this planet — time-wise. We’ve barely begun to exist and y’all are talking about wasted potential? Give us a chance to grow up before you talk about how we’ve wasted our potential.
Q14] We often see those that write ‘what would you say to a younger you?’ However, what would you say today to a future you? “So long, Willow. You’ve lived a good life.”
PQ15] Why do you think that as a species, humans need to believe in something? Be this religion, fate, karma, magical, mystique and so on. Because we can look in a mirror and recognize that the person in the mirror is us, and not another animal. We are self-aware. That means we (as a species) have given ourselves “greater” meaning than the other animals in the world. Therefore, we must be here for a reason.
Q16] If we could not retain any of our memories – who would we be? I dunno, but life would be interesting, wouldn’t it?
Q17] Time is such an important part of our world, but do you think you would notice if time was altered in any way? I thought about this… I don’t know if I would. Time right now has so little meaning to me because I’m disabled and don’t work. Therefore I don’t have a schedule that I need to keep — other than feeding the pets. Which they are very picky about. 🙂 I hardly know what day it is usually, and sometimes I look up from my computer and it’s evening when it was morning just a minute ago. So I think, no I might not notice.
Q18] How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life? I think it’s very important. As the old saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Q19] With no laws or rules to influence your behavior, how do you think you would behave? I would behave pretty much the same way I do now, though I do admit that fear of being put in jail has kept me out of some pretty shady situations in the past.
PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones? Nah, I like answering questions, if I want to ask my own, I’ll make my own lists. (I have them, here on my blog under the tag “questions and answers” — hint hint)
Q21] Should euthanasia be legal? Why or why not? If I am chronically ill to the point that I cannot care for myself and in great pain, but not critically ill to the point where I am dying… I would want the right to end my life. I cannot take pain medications because they do not work for me. I do not want to be a burden on my loved ones to the point where they have to bathe me, feed me, and change my diapers because I cannot get out of bed and care for myself. And I don’t want to live in great pain, lying in bed all day every day. So yes, I think that euthanasia should be legal. Because I’m selfish that way.
So that’s it! I published this before adding this ending, sorry if you read before now. I had to take care of some *ahem* immediate business and hit “publish” instead of save. >_< Ah well. I know my way of thinking isn’t like most people’s, but I’m okay with that. I like me, and Doug likes me. That’s what matters. 🙂