Blogger Melanie, over at Sparks from a Combustible Mind, posted a series of questions (along with her answers) on the philosophy of living life that she got from A Guy Called Bloke. As one of the great life philosophers in the blogosphere, I felt compelled to respond. So here goes.
Q1] What is your take on ‘free will?’
If it’s free, I will take it.
Q2] We all ask ourselves at one time or another what is the point? So what is the point to our existence?
The point is to stay sharp.
Q3] What is your belief on fate and Karma?
It’s explained here.
Q4] As a species, how do you think humans will become extinct or do you believe that we will not?
PQ5] What is your belief with regards the meaning of life?
Life is a game.
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 hope there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe because if we are the only intelligent life in the vastness of space, that doesn’t say much for the universe.
Q7] What is your best quote for ‘living life?’
“Live every day like it’s your last.”
Q8] What doesn’t kill us – makes us stronger – yes or no? Explain.
Yes. Or weaker, depending upon exactly what it was that didn’t kill us.
Q9] What would you say have been your biggest successes in life?
Given some of the asinine things I’ve done, my biggest success is that I’m still alive.
Q10] If you could find out the exact time and cause of your death – would you want to know?
According to deathclock.com, my life will end on January 28, 2020. It didn’t specify what the cause will be, but I hope it will be peacefully in my sleep.
Q11] Is it more important to help yourself, help your family, help your society, or help the world?
As a pseudo-solipsist, it’s more important to help myself.
Q12] If humanity was put on trial by an advanced race of aliens, how would you defend humanity and argue for its continued existence?
I’d plea bargain and offer to cooperate with the prosecution.
Q13] What is the biggest waste of human 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?
First I’d say, “I’m sorry.” Then I’d say, “You’re still alive? Good for you!”
Q15] Why do you think that as a species, humans need to believe in something? Be this religion, fate, karma, magical, mystique, and so on.
As an atheist, I am not sure I agree with the premise of this question. That said, I do believe, above all else, in family.
Q16] If we could not retain any of our memories – who would we be?
We would be suffering from either amnesia or Alzheimer’s.
Q17] Time is such an important part of our world, but do you think you would notice if time was altered in any way?
The older you get, the faster time goes by, so time already has been altered.
Q18] How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
Life is a game that we all play.
Q19] With no laws or rules to influence your behavior, how do you think you would behave?
Well, if there were no laws or rules, I’m not sure human beings would still be around. That said, I think I’d behave pretty much the same way I behave now.
Q20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?
Nope, not one.
Q21] Should euthanasia be legal? Why or why not?
Yes. If someone is suffering, is in pain, and is terminal, they should be free to choose death with dignity…for themselves and for those they leave behind.
Feel free to copy and paste these same questions and answer them on your own.