One-Liner Wednesday — The Flavor of Success

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“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Author Truman Capote

Is failing at something a motivating factor that drives you to try even harder to achieve success? Or does failure after failure become so discouraging that it causes you to give up?


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

The Game of Life

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?

Yes.

PQ5] What is your belief with regards the meaning of life?

Life is a game.1537EB0E-A316-4AA0-BB71-DAA64732E0BE

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?

Donald Trump.

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.

Share Your World — Passion, Tattoos, and Trump

SYWIt’s time for this week’s Share Your World questions, now from Melanie over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind. Here goes:

Are You A Better Listener or Speaker?

I’m a fairly good listener (if I’m in the moment and paying attention), but not such a great speaker. And that’s one reason I like writing. I’m able to express myself much more coherently in writing than I am verbally.

If You Were Asked To Design A Warning Label That Would Be Tattooed On Your Skin, What Would It Say? 

“No Tattoos Allowed”

What Are You Passionate About?

Blogging.

If You Could Change One Thing About Your World, What Would It Be?

Donald Trump would not have won the electoral college, and thus the presidency, in 2016.

What Gave You A Reason To Smile This Past Week?

Our adult — and very busy, living their own lives — kids spending much of the weekend with us.

One-Liner Wednesday — Critical Thinking

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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein

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Both of these quotes from Albert Einstein are very similar to another quote I used for a previous One-Liner Wednesday post. That quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten,” is also widely attributed to Einstein, but according to my research, it was originally put forth by Jessie Potter, an educator and counselor on family relationships and human sexuality.

The point is, in all three of these quotes, that if you want to achieve a different result, you need to do things in a different way. Thinking like you’ve always thought, doing what you’ve always done, and acting like you’ve always acted will not get you anything different from what you’ve been getting. And if that’s your objective — to get a different outcome — then same ol’ same ol’ just doesn’t cut it.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

#FOWC — Unknown and Unknowable

6E37E964-2C2A-467A-B326-0ACAEC45DA4BIf there is something you don’t know, it’s unknown to you. When something is unknown, it means it’s not known or it has an unknown value, like, say, Bitcoins. Well, at least I have yet to figure out the value of Bitcoins. Their value is unknown to me. And probably to most people who own them, as well.

But the good thing about something being unknown is that with enough time and effort, it can potentially become known. There are many things that are known today that were unknown just 100 years ago, especially in science and medicine.

And there remain many things that are knowable, but are just not known yet, such as an undiscovered elements that may be part of the universe or chemical compounds that no one has discovered. Even though these things might not be known today, they may become known in the future, which means they are knowable.

But if something is unknowable, that’s a whole different ball of wax. If something is unknowable, it’s not knowable. For example, where the expression “a whole different ball of wax” came from is unknowable. Unless you’re talking about ear wax, in which case the answer is knowable but just kinda gross.

But seriously, folks, if something is unknowable, it lies beyond the limits of human experience or understanding.

I’m not going to get into a deep philosophical or religious discussion in this post about God and the contradiction of those who tell me that I should get to know God shortly after having explained to me that God is unknowable. Nope, I’m not going to do that.

Instead, I’m going to say that I understand that we human beings are a curious lot and we generally don’t like the idea that anything is unknowable. That said, I accept that there are certain things that are beyond the limits of human understanding and comprehension.

And I’m okay with that. I’ve got enough going on inside my head just trying to know what’s knowable that I don’t need to hurt my head trying to know what’s unknowable. If something is truly unknowable, not knowing about it is not going to make my life any worse. Because it’s not that it’s unknown to me (although it might be), it’s unknowable.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge from yesterday, “unknown.” Sorry, Fandango, that I’m a day late. Hey, no worries. I know you’re a busy guy. Things to do, places to go, and people to see, right? It’s all good.