Fandango’s Provocative Question #70 Revisited

Note: Because I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge this month, I will not be posting any new provocative question until May. Instead, I will be revisiting some previous provocative questions that you might have missed. This one was originally posted on May 20, 2020 and can be found here. Please feel free to respond to it if you haven’t already.


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

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.

When I was doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge last month, I posted old sayings or adages daily and in alphabetical order, A through Z. One of the old adages I came across, but did not use was this: “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.”

The suggestion to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes means that, before passing judgment on someone else, you must understand his or her experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc. In effect, it is a reminder to practice empathy.

And that brings me to this week’s provocative question.

If you could choose anyone, past or present, and walk that proverbial mile in his or her shoes, who would you choose, and why would you choose that person?

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11 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #70 Revisited

  1. Carol anne April 20, 2022 / 3:10 am

    I would choose Maya angelou. She has always been an inspiration to me. She led a profound life. xo

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    • Marleen April 20, 2022 / 1:47 pm

      Besides making me cry with your memory of an awesome dad, you reminded me it could be amazing to walk in one of my ancestor’s shoes: my dad’s dad (who I remember up until I was five when he died). It would be an adventure to move from the Czech Republic (not called that then) to America.

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  2. Marleen April 20, 2022 / 1:37 pm

    This is a different question from who I would want around a dinner table for an evening. I had to wonder, would I want to go through what so and so went through? Mostly, I go with “nope.” (And I wouldn’t wish my stuff on others.) So, I have two ideas off the top of my head.

    Oh, I was thinking of it wrong. I was thinking life path, to which I came up with my second-youngest son or Tim Snyder (or, perhaps, Mark Nanos).

    For a proverbial mile…

    I’d want to test out what it’s like being each of my four other sons, too. I’d have to ask the grantor if I get more than one different mile.

    The one son was always (I mean like every minute) happy as a kid (and is happy now). And happiness didn’t come at the cost of not applying himself when called for and becoming very successful. He was always saying things like, “This is the best Thanksgiving ever.”

    The other route would be because I’d end up in academia while being called upon outside of my tenure and having a bunch of excellent books out there; of the two intellectuals, I think I’d go Snyder: because he knows and speaks a crazy number of languages fluently. (Nanos knows enough of language beyond English such that this would be cool.) Yes, I do notice I’m selecting male persons. (If I’d had a daughter, there’d be that option.)

    Perhaps it would do me good to try a mile as Gisele Caroline Bündchen. She’s fluent in more than one language. I wonder how many. Yeah, as a female, someone physically active and artistic (also adding to the well-being of humanity). I had a funny moment, recently, when a singer brought out her clearly happy and bright child on stage as a choir and orchestra and more continued with enthusiastic music. I said I’d be reincarnated as that baby (or someone like him in such a life situation that was indicated) if I could. (My mother was anti art of any kind except for ego — like listening to Mozart to think herself cultured.)

    Maybe Dr. Larkin, the lady in charge of all the art departments in the Saint Louis (city) school system most of my life.

    Hm. It would be good, to know more of how my daughter-in-law thinks. But that would be going with no artistic inclination.

    If I’m picking one, for a mile, that baby… at, let’s say, thirty. I’m going to find the concert to share. I have no idea who the woman was.

    [I’m not really a Bowie fan at all, but I had done a little researching on him for an evening. He had said that he wanted to be cremated and wanted that the cremation itself be done in Bali (I think Bali) for the ritual they have whereby a person reincarnates (or becomes part of whatever the words are for not needing to be reincarnated).

    BBC iPlayer BBC Proms 2016 David Bowie [tribute]

    By the way, I’m pretty sure I heard David Lang (in this concert) live with Chanticleer; I recognize that sound. ]

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  3. Jewish Young Professional "JYP" April 21, 2022 / 4:03 am

    I don’t know about a proverbial mile, but for a literal mile, I would pick Imelda Marcos so I could select multiple pairs from a selection of thousands and look fabulous.😁

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    • Marleen April 21, 2022 / 8:32 am

      Shoes! Yes

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