• Bored? Here are some thought-provoking questions from Hack Spirit, by Jude Paler. Retrieved from: https://hackspirit.com/thought-provoking-questions/  (Needless to say, I did not create these questions)

     

     Thinking & Awareness

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    • What should be humanity’s goal?
    • Should everyone on the planet be striving toward a common goal? If so, what would that be?
    • Can you think of something that everyone could agree on, despite the chaotic world we live in?
    • How will humans become extinct?
      • Will it be an environmental disaster? A rampant disease? Or maybe you think a meteor will hit the earth that is large enough to ruin the entire planet.
    • Do you think humans will last another 1,000 years?
    • If you could teach the entire world just one concept, what would it be?
    • What concept do you think could have the most significant positive impact on humanity?
    • Is mankind going in the right or wrong direction?
    • Have humans figured out how to keep progressing towards something better?
      • Or are we moving backward and should revert back to the values and lifestyles of those who lived before us?
    • Is it better for someone to have a wide range of superficial knowledge or deep knowledge about a few things?
    • What if there were no professionals in any given subject, but everyone knew a little bit about everything?
    • How can we judge ourselves by our intentions yet judge others by their actions?
    • Can we ever believe someone when they say their intentions are different from their actions? What if someone’s intentions were truly transparent?
    • What is the biggest waste of human potential?
      • There are so many possible answers to this question, but which do you believe is the truest?
        • Is it not sharing your wisdom with other people? Not spreading knowledge? Is it engaging in traditional schooling where children are confined to desks for most of the day?
    • Why are people resistant to doing things that we know are healthy but crave things that are detrimental to our health?
    • What if one of your long-held memories isn’t actually completely true? Does it matter?
    • Can you think of times where you have felt completely sure of something but someone tells you otherwise?
    • What harsh truths do you prefer to ignore?
    • Is free will real or just an illusion?
    • Is there a meaning to life? If so, what is it?
    • Is the meaning of life the same for animals and humans?
    • Where is the line between art and not art?
    • If someone you loved was killed in front of you, but someone created a copy of them that was perfect right down to the atomic level, would they be the same person and would you love them just as much?
    • Does fate exist? If so, do we have free will?
    • What does it mean to live a good life?
    • Why do we dream?
    • Is it possible to live a normal life and not ever tell a lie?
    • Does a person’s name influence the person they become?
    • If you could become immortal on the condition you would NEVER be able to die, would you choose immortality?
    • What actions in your life will have the longest reaching consequences? How long will those effects be felt?
    • How long will you be remembered after you die?
    • If a child somehow survived and grew up in the wilderness without any human contact, how “human” would they be without the influence of society and culture?
    • Where does your self-worth come from?
    • How would humanity change if all humans’ life expectancy was significantly increased (let’s say to around 500 years)?
    • Where do you find meaning in your life?
    • What do you think would be humanity’s reaction to the discovery of extraterrestrial life?
    • If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest positive impact on humanity?
    • Is suffering a necessary part of the human condition? What would people who never suffered be like?
    • Does hardship make a person stronger? If so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much hardship? If not, what makes a person stronger?
    • Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?
    • What benefits does art provide society? Does art hurt society in any way?