Fandango’s Provocative Question #4

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question came up while I was watching “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” a few weeks ago. Colbert was talking with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and mentioned that in college he was taking a philosophy course and the final exam consisted of just one question:

“Is it better to know or is it better to not know?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

32 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #4

  1. anupturnedsoul December 5, 2018 / 3:18 am

    Was the interview you watched between Stephen Colbert and Neil deGrasse Tyson before or after the latter being investigated for sexual misconduct?

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      • Fandango December 5, 2018 / 8:06 am

        I sometimes wonder, from my younger days before marriage, if any of my female friends/dates would consider my behavior toward them to have been inappropriate.


        • Marleen December 5, 2018 / 8:14 am

          I think maybe a fourth or so of guys around the time I started college would’ve been okay-to-great doing a number of the things that are clearly wrong now (so to speak — although they were wrong then), even rape. Maybe half would’ve been confused about the whole matter, and maybe a fourth would’ve been knights shining brightly.

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          • Marleen December 5, 2018 / 8:42 am

            This is rather mild, but I remember going to a dance in high school with a guy I hardly knew. He was angry that I wasn’t kissing him — a proper “thank you” I guess.

            If he needed more of a thank you than “Thank you” for going to a dance (that he asked me to, presumably because he wanted to go with me), well… Whatever.

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        • msjadeli December 5, 2018 / 3:26 pm

          Did you slip any of them a roofy then touch them inappropriately?

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          • Fandango December 5, 2018 / 6:34 pm

            Nope. I don’t think there were roofies back then. My only option was alcohol. And no, I never got a girl drunk enough to get them to let me do anything inappropriate.

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            • msjadeli December 5, 2018 / 7:16 pm

              I didn’t think you did. It was more of a rhetorical question.

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      • anupturnedsoul December 6, 2018 / 12:05 am

        Just watched the interview. Interesting to see they flipped roles. I would hazard a guess they both ‘knew’ what was about to hit the fan since it was filmed a couple of days before the news was made public and the news was announcing an official decision, which means it was discussed behind closed doors for a while. The question is a good one for that particular situation… and Stephen Colbert is a very intelligent and astute man.

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  2. Victoria Ray NB December 5, 2018 / 5:35 am

    To know. Bcz I had situations when I didn’t know (but knew, kind of…felt it) anyway & it’s very stressful & depressing.

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  3. Marleen December 5, 2018 / 7:02 am

    I go with I’d rather know.

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  4. V.J. Knutson December 5, 2018 / 7:30 am

    I want to know what I’ll need for the journey – clothes, hints about how to prepare myself; but I do not want to know what will happen – leave that up to happenstance and adventure.

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  5. cagedunn December 5, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    You have to know, otherwise, how can you find the way around it?

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    • msjadeli December 5, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      Marilyn I tried to respond to the comment about your dog at your site but it wouldn’t let me. What I said was it’s a good thing his has a heavy coat and that Chauncey had to wear a coat out in the winter.

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      • Marilyn Armstrong December 5, 2018 / 9:24 pm

        It’s back up. I meant to set it for today and got the date wrong, but i saved the comment and it’s back where it belongs 🙂

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        • Fandango December 5, 2018 / 9:41 pm

          I wondered what happened to your post. When I clicked on the link, I got the “oops, something went wrong” message. Thanks for getting it back up.


  6. Marleen December 6, 2018 / 11:56 am

    I enjoyed your Spoiler Alert post at your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

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