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Week 42 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Crisis

The word crisis brings to mind a dramatic, life-destroying situation.  Yet hindsight reveals that the situations we fear most are precisely the situations that bring out the best in our minds and/or bodies.  For example, an injured athlete outperforms his own expectations. Or surprisingly, the much-feared divorce that forces two people to come to terms with the past allows them to move forward into happiness with new dreams and lovers.

Is there a positive perspective from which we can choose to view dangerous and critical situations we encounter? Let’s rethink crisis.

Week 41 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Decisions

Do you suffer from analysis-paralysis? Trust me: there’s no PERFECT decision. What you need is to know what best motivates YOUR decisions, and what makes a good decision FOR YOU. Some people are satisfied by a choice motivated by their religious faith, others choose according to their personal values, and some people want to maximize probability of a desired outcome. What makes you choose option A over option B?

Week 40 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Color

Unless you’re colorblind, you likely take color for granted. Human perception of color is quite uniform.  What is red to me is red to you. The same goes for yellow, orange and all the rest. Many women seem able to differentiate between colors more easily than men, but this is easily explicable by women’s interest in fashion.  Creating matching outfits can be considered color training.  In case you didn’t realize, even black does not always match black!

Back to philosophy.  Color is overlooked as a subject of philosophical debate because it is quite uniformly perceived and easy to take for granted.  But color is quite a dubious thing…

Week 39 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Clutter

We’re obsessed with stuff.  We fill our homes with things we’ve collected, and when there’s no more room we rent storage lockers to house our stuff. I’ve been there, too. For at least a year I paid $200 a month for a storage locker.  When I look back at that time, I ask myself: What was I thinking?  It’s just a few years later and I have none of the things that I paid so much money to hold on to!  Why didn’t I just let go of it all in the first place, instead of paying at least $2400 to keep a bunch of stuff in a big, dark box?

I’m not the only one who has been through this experience.  It’s made me curious to know, what is the meaning of clutter? And why can’t we let go of all this stuff!?

Click for writing prompts to help you get to the bottom of your clutter.

Week 38 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Promises

Promises are a big deal.  Really.  Can you imagine what society would be like without promises? We rely on others to do as they assure us that they will. How would human relationships, partnerships, and friendships function without promises? 

People have different ideas of what a promise is – what it means to promise, how a promise occurs, and what consequences to expect or dole out in response to a broken promise.  The foggy understanding of promises adds tension to relationships.  Improving your understanding of promises has the potential to transform and benefit your interpersonal relationships.  Let’s figure this out! Click to read more.

Week 37 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Trust

“He was confused.  He had never asked her to trust him or said anything to make her believe he was worth her trust.  And she knew his past – so what did she expect? She had trusted him – to do what, exactly?”

Do you know what it means to trust someone? What about trusting yourself?  Answer quickly, before philosophy gets in the way. You think you know, until you realize that you do not know at all what it means to trust and be trusted.

Click to visit this week’s post to learn about trust.
Plus, journal questions to help you understand how and why you trust!

Week 36 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Architecture

Because of rising housing costs and scarcity, renters are forced to make decisions based on criteria such as square footage and utility instead of artistic design and psychological effects. Buyers are apt to make decisions based on price speculation – a property that increases in value is the smart buy. However, despite not being at the forefront of importance, the architecture of the buildings we inhabit matters to us for its subtle effects on daily life.

Find out about how architecture transcends physical reality (!) and journal questions to reflect on your own home.

Week 35 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Youth Worship

Maybe it’s because I’m in my thirties, but I’ve begun to notice that our society equates ‘life’ with ‘youth’.  By that I mean that concepts relating to “life” immediately stir up images of youthfulness.  Close your eyes and visualize ‘life’ and ‘living’ – you might see what I mean.  “Life” is misidentified with the decade or so of youth that is sandwiched between two other periods called “childhood” and “aging/decline”.

Read this week’s topic to reflect on your own attitude towards aging.

Week 34 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Democracy

Have you been following the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong?  Democracy is once again a hot topic in the news.  What is meant by the word ‘demoracy’?  Generally, when people refer to democracy they mean that the government represents the “will of the people”.  There are many ways that a government can be democratic and represent the will of the people, but no type of democracy is more famous than American-style democracy. For this week’s topic, we look at Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysberg Address – memorized by American schoolchildren every year – to understand the foundation of American-style democracy. 

Read more to find out and to consider some challenging questions for democracy!

Week 33 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Loneliness

Loneliness is a popular topic in the news these days.  News articles tell us that loneliness is the new epidemic, that research is being directed into pharmaceuticals and AI to combat loneliness, and that governments are installing public infrastructure directed at facilitating interactions between strangers.  How is it that we can be so lonely despite living in densely populated cities?  What does it mean to be lonely?

Read more to find out!