While I was searching the internet for some interesting tags to do, I found this. I was actually searching for something more “relaxed” and more in the view of “what’s your favorite city?”,… But since I will have a philosophy class in the near future, I thought it would be interesting to already think about some things and answer them now. Who knows, my thoughts will have changed in a few years.
If you want to answer these questions yourself, there are actually 50, but some where way above my head and I’m not in the right mindset to answer all of those yet. It’s not because I’m “stupid” though, it was just a little “much” to think about everything at once.
Anyway, I hope I didn’t offend anyone by any of my answers and I’d love to start a conversation when you disagree on something!
1:Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?
I always say there is no such thing as “failure” if you did your best with trying. I’d rather go with trial and error than not trying and regretting, if that makes sense? In the past I wouldn’t have the confidence to try new things or was too anxious, but I learned that trial and error is part of my biggest life lessons and I feel like I wouldn’t be growing as a person if I didn’t let myself make mistakes or ‘fail’ once in a while.
2:If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?
This will be so cheesy, but I would love to have some more peace in the world. Just people understanding and respecting each other and have beautiful conversations rather than point guns whenever there is no agreement.
3:To what extent do you shape your own destiny, and how much is down to fate?
I feel like you can “change” fate in a way, or maybe you thinking you change fate might be your fate. I just know that I have been working my butt off to change my future. My family has always been warm and happy, but there has always been some kind of difficulties in the financial part. After I graduate I will be the first in all generations of my family to have a higher degree, which I did all myself (payed for it myself, worked for it myself,…). So, maybe that’s my fate all along?
4:Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture?
I’m a big believer of both being a huge influence in our education.
5:Should people care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?
This one is difficult. I think people should do things that they believe are right, but on the other hand we have some people out there who think murdering an entire family is “the right thing to do”. I don’t believe we should pressure people into doing things right. Making mistakes is a huge way to learn great lessons and also to shape your personality. Trying to be the best version of yourself is a nice way to answer this question, I think.
6:How can people believe in truths without evidence?
7:Where is the line between insanity and creativity?
There’s a little bit of insanity in all creativity, but there is no creativity in insanity.
8:What is true happiness?
Feeling great about yourself, your surroundings and the things you do. For me personally, my friends are a huge part of my happiness, even though I don’t feel great about myself yet, they try their best to let me believe that I am great.
9:What things hold you back from doing the things that you really want to?
Right now, not much actually. The only thing I miss sometimes is love. As in, being in love. But I don’t think having a partner or not is holding me down to achieve the things I want. Well, except for kids, but that’s a far future goal, I don’t really have that need right now.
10:What makes you, you?
My past. Everything that has happened in my life, shaped me into the person that I am today. Although I did not enjoy the bullying etc at all, I am kind of thankful it all turned me into the person I am today. Maybe if I had more friends in high school or earlier on, I would take friends for granted right now. Or maybe if no one would have told me what was so “ugly” or “different” about me, I wouldn’t have so much knowledge about myself, or maybe if everyone had always been nice to me, I wouldn’t have the insight into human being that I have right now. It all made me me and I’m proud of that.
11:What is time?
Something that is invented by the human race to help structure life in a specific way. Time is irrelevant, but not in the society people created.
12:Is mind or matter more real?
We know about matter because of our mind. Is both equal? This question is kind of beyond me.
13:Do you make your own decisions, or let others make them for you?
I feel like I’ve made a huge growth in making my own decisions and not getting pressured into a decision. I’m still a bit too insecure about some stuff to make own decisions though.
14:What makes a good friend?
Just being there and listening. They don’t need to agree, but I honestly love a great conversation. Also, unconditional love. I feel like love and gifts should come from the heart and not from a place where you think you HAVE to give back.
15:Why do people fear losing things that they do not even have yet?
I can’t really answer this because this is a great fear of mine. I’m too anxious to do some things because I’m already afraid that I will lose something I don’t have yet. Strange, but true.
16:Who defines good and evil?
Your own person and people around you. I don’t think the majority is always right about what’s good or bad. Biggest example right now: the election of Donald Trump. I’m not saying that me saying or thinking that this is a bad thing, means that it’s actually a bad thing. That’s just what I think about good and bad.
17:What is the difference between living and being alive?
You can be alive but not living, while you need to be living to feel like you’re alive.
18:Is a “wrong” act okay if nobody ever knows about it?
What’s a “wrong” act? And no. Ignorance or being unaware is not justice.
19:How do you know that your experience of consciousness is the same as other people’s experience of consciousness?
I literally have been walking around with this question in my mind for my whole life and I have no answer and I believe I’ll never have a clear answer on this.
20: Is it more important to be liked or respected?
Respected. Although I really try to be liked by everyone, that doesn’t always happen. So I try to respect everyone and I hope to get that back.