Philosophy Fun

AEE8C6BB-84E6-45AB-949E-33A4A2E59552Rory is at it again with his latest set of fun questions. This time he’s turned somewhat philosophical on us. So let’s give it a go.

Why is there a “d” in “fridge” but not in “refrigerator”

Because English!

Would you rather be or a wasp? [This is NOT a typo – I do not ask would you rather be a bee or a wasp, I ask if you would rather be or a wasp]

Um, I’d rather be me than a wasp. I’d also rather be a hammer than a nail, a sparrow than a snail, and a forest than a street.

Is the “S” or the “C” silent in the word “scent?

I think this question stinks.

Why is A first in the alphabet, why not Z, or P, or K? Who said A had to be first, on the other side of the coin who said 1 had to be first?

The person who started the alphabet was playing Wheel of Fortune and said to Pat Sajak, “Pat, I want to choose a vowel. I chose an A.” Since then, the A has come first. As to the number one, you can’t have two or three without first having one. Duh!

If I try to fail, but succeed, which one did I do?

I produced a Broadway musical called, “Springtime for Hitler.”

If Cinderella’s shoe fit so perfectly well when the Prince tried, why and how did the silly thing fall off in the first place?

Because she got cold feet, causing her feet to shrink.

Given no choice except to choose one option, would you kill 10 people to save just 1?

Depends who that one person is. If it’s me, damn right. That’s self-defense, dude.

How do we really know what is real?

Does it really matter?

Must we have evidence to know the truth?

It helps.

If God is “good,” why is there so much evil in the world?

Because God is a myth.

What in your eyes is the most important purpose to life?

To live…and to let live.

Do you think computers will ever take over the world?

They already have.

Why is it called ‘falling in love” – do we really truly fall?

Figuratively speaking, yes, we fall. But once I fell head over heels in love — literally. Boy did that hurt.

Which historical figure, good or bad, do you think had the biggest impact on the world? Your country?

World: Hitler (bad).
My country: Trump (very bad)

Is there really such a thing as good luck or is it, just so?

Good luck coming up with an answer to that question.

What is the right age to become a parent, do you think age is a consideration that is important here in the decisions of becoming a parent?

The right age is the age at with someone gives birth and becomes a parent. I think age is just one consideration in a series of considerations regarding being a parent.

How much freedom should people be allowed to have?

The freedom to live their lives as they please as long as they are not doing harm to themselves or others.

Do you think governments have the right to dictate to their people concerning their health and lifestyle?

I think governments have an obligation to protect the health of their citizens and to protect their freedom to live whatever lifestyle they wish to lead, again, as long as that lifestyle doesn’t cause harm to themselves or others.

Do you think governments have the rights to dictate population control?

Governments should protect the reproductive rights of its citizens and not dictate to anyone what those rights should be.

Provide one good quote that in your eyes sums up philosophy?

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Can you now provide a piece of music that achieves the same result?

Question Fun — It’s About Time

32EC6BD6-FE46-426B-96A2-6D0363DD30F8Another series of Rory’s Fun Questions. This time they’re all about time. But for some reason, Rory wants us to link to this post. And mine is not to question why, mine is to answer his questions about time.

How often do you actually deep think of time as a concept?

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When was the last time that you sat down and tried to visualise the future of the planet by 50 years? [Where are we going to be in the year 2069? Explain your thoughts]

I think about and fear for the future of our planet every time I hear someone say that climate change is a hoax. I don’t know where we are going to be in 2069, but I do know where I will be: long gone.

What time is it right now as in the time you are answering this question and where abouts are you in the world?

9:50 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday night in San Francisco, California. But I probably won’t post this until maybe 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Tell me about a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone?

The last time — and, in fact, every time — I attempt to sing karaoke in public.

Last time you had a really good time was?

Last Sunday when my wife and I met our kids and their significant others at noon at a dim sum restaurant in Chinatown.

Quote Time!!! Display two excellent quotes on the subject of horology!

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Let the good times roll … please provide me with three song titles that are about the topic of time in your eyes?

  • “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” — Chicago
  • “The Times They Are A-Changin’” — Bob Dylan
  • “Time in a Bottle” — Jim Croce

Having a really good time means what in your world?

In my world, having a really good time means…having a really good time. In what world would it mean anything else? Opposite world?

Time to ….. what?

What?

Which term do you prefer more ?

Lost Time
Wasted Time
Time Spent
Time flies

I like and use them all, depending upon the situation.

What do the following mean? [However DO NOT ANSWER the correct way but answer the incorrect way!]

Ahead of one’s time?
Behind the times?
In the nick of time?
A race against time!
Having the time of your life?
Bide your time?
Bad time for you?
Having time on your hands?
All in good time?
A matter of time?

They are all things I’ve yelled out while having sex.

Can you write a small story on the subject of Time and the Giraffe?

There once was a giraffe who was ahead of his time, even though he was sure that he was behind times. Then, in the nick of time, as he was involved in a race against time, he realized that he was having the time of his life. But then a gazelle warned him that he needed to bide his time before it became a bad time for him. So the giraffe stopped what he was doing, which meant that he had time on his hands (or, technically, his legs). But the giraffe was getting bored, so he asked the gazelle when he could go back to having the time of his life. The gazelle told him, “All in good time.” And that was when the giraffe realized life is just a matter of time.

Rory Asks About Loose Change

80CF8C23-F1F2-4C92-B36D-3211B8FBB332Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has another one of his infamous questions posts, this one about “change and the unexpected.”

So let me dig deep into the cushions of my couch and see what kind of change I can come up with.

Right now, right this minute, what could happen that would change your life totally for the better?

If I bought a Powerball or Mega Millions lottery ticket and won a huge sum of money (i.e., more than loose change).6D8F5919-1ACA-4D67-85AE-E2BAAAD0C794

How well do you handle changes in your life, to your life, or to your regular routines?

I deal okay with change, I suppose. As a retiree, my routine is comfortable, but I don’t mind shaking things up every so often.

If you could jump into a pool of something odd [not water] what would it be?

How about a big mud hole? Nothing like wallowing in some nice, thick mud, right?

What would be so much better if you could simply change the color of it?

The grass in my backyard. I’d change it to green from the yellowish-brown it currently is. Hmm. Perhaps watering it might help.

If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or visit the future and would you change anything?

Since I’m not sure that the human race has much of a future, I’d go back in time and do something, although I’m not sure what, to make sure that Donald Trump does not get elected to the office of President of the United States. Then there might yet be a potential future for the human race.

Do you prefer dogs over cats or cats over dogs?

We have one of each and I love them both equally.48BF92B0-A28C-4403-BEBF-68B4521759C6

How would you react if you were unexpectantly changed into a frog?

I’d probably croak.

Write a random sentence about blogging without using the letter G.

I love to write and publish posts on WordPress about this, that, and the other.

If you could change the world over, what would you change?

I’d remake the human psyche to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

Why did you do that?

So that humans would abandon the philosophy of “birds of a feather flock together,” and ensure that we embrace the fact that we are all the same under the skin.

If you could disinvent something, what would it be and why?

God — the worst human invention ever. Look at how many lives have been lost and atrocities committed in the name of God.

You have been gifted an elephant – you cannot give it away, donate it, or sell it – what are you going to do with your elephant?

Make elephant stew?

What are your values with regards your life?

To live the best life I can and to not harm or hurt any other beings along the way.

Who do you prefer to spend the most time with?

I spend most of my real-world time with my wife, my dog, and my cat. I also spend a considerable amount of time with you folks.

Which is worse, falling over or not getting back up again?

Not getting back up again. Duh!

If the currency was happiness and goodwill, what job would you perform?

Generating happiness and creating goodwill.

You have lost your Interney connection for ten days, there is no internet connection within 50 miles of where you live. It matters not about what you use to connect, it simply isn’t happening – what will you for those ten days?

Relax and take time to smell the roses.649-03291655

Share Your World — War and Peace

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S. and Melanie has given us a bit of a Memorial Day themed Share Your World today. Let’s see ale a look at her questions and my answers, shall we?

Do you consider yourself a pessimist or an optimist?

Generally, I’m an optimist, but these days, when it comes to what is going on in the world of geopolitics, I’m feeling quite pessimistic. I don’t see any happy endings in sight. 

Can war ever be just?

Only as a last resort. I certainly don’t condone starting a preemptive war and I think every possible effort should be made to come up with a diplomatic solution to whatever divides us. The human cost of war is far too great to enter into war without having exhausted all other options.DD7C4052-9891-4D34-964A-92D8DCEFE399

Think about the people you love most in your life, what do you do for them?

I try to support them in whatever they do and in any way I can. I will offer my advice when asked, but whether or not they take it, I will support them.

Are you health conscious?

More than I used to be when I was younger. Now I watch what I eat, and get mostly organic produce and groceries. I try to get at least some exercise each day, even if it’s just walking our dog. And I get an annual physical exam and go to the dentist twice a year. The good news is that, for an old geezer, I’m in pretty good health with no significant health issues.

Gratitude, Thankfulness, Wonder, Awe, and Joy!

Nothing really jumps out at me that was particularly great, but I’m always thankful to be alive and healthy with a family that I love and pets that adore me…as long as I feed them regularly.

Anyway, for those of you in the U.S., happy Memorial Day. And for those of you elsewhere, have a great Monday…or what’s left of it in your neck of the woods.

I’m a Man of Mystery

E00B85AC-8286-4C62-8BDC-B82F112286F3.jpegI mean I must be. Why else would Carol Anne of Therapy Bits have nominated my blog for the Mystery Blogger Award? According to Carol Anne, the Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blogs not only captivate; they inspire and motivate. Woo hoo.

Never mind that I have declared my blog to be an award-free blog. With that kind of flattery, what can I do but accept Carol Anne’s nomination? Thank you, Carol Anne.

That said, I’m going to follow only two of the many ground rules for this nomination. I’m going to tell you three things about me and I’m going to answer Carol Anne’s questions. What I’m not going to do is nominate 10-20 other bloggers for this award. Instead, I’m going to open it up to any and all other bloggers to tell us three things about themselves and to answer the same five questions Carol Anne asked her nominees.

So, three things about me:

  1. I have more hair on my chinny chin chin than I have on the tippy-top of my head.
  2. I have tinnitus (a constant, high pitched ringing) in both ears.
  3. I am a Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and Boston Celtics fan even though I live on the other side of the country.

And now to Carol Anne’s questions:

1. Do you like soda? Yes, I typically drink two glasses of Diet Coke on most days (with lunch and with dinner).

2. Are you a procrastinator? Only when it comes to doing things I don’t particularly want to or like to do.

3. Do you have weird dreams? All of my dreams are weird. But usually, within a few minutes of waking up, I can’t remember what it was that I dreamed about. The exceptions are the occasional recurring dreams that I periodically have, which I wrote about here.

4. What is your daily routine like? I wake up, have a cup of coffee while reading the morning newspaper. Then I take a shower, have breakfast, walk the dog, read and write posts, have lunch, walk the dog, read more posts, have dinner, watch some TV, walk the dog, get in bed, read and write posts, go to sleep. It’s all very exciting.

5. Do you like binge watching shows? Some shows. If there are streaming shows, like on Netflix or Hulu, yes. In other cases, such as weekly dramas, I may record an entire season of the show and not watch it until the season is over, and then binge watch it. I’m doing that now with a show on BBC America titled “Killing Eve.” Great show!