Below is a whole bunch of questions I’ve been wondering, and I’d like you to answer them.
Obviously, I’m not expecting you to answer all of them — although that would be awesome — just answer the ones that stand out to you. I understand it’s a big ask, you might feel vulnerable or completely averse to sharing your answers. Some of these questions may stir feelings of discomfort, others I hope, will spark moments of curiosity or wonder.
My thought is this little social experiment might also be an opportunity for you to check-in with yourself, open up to the abyss, or sift through the comments, and not feel so alone.
We’ve spent so much time recently focused on everything happening around us. Our focus is narrowed toward other people and what they’re doing and saying. Sometimes, focusing our attention on other people makes us forget that they’re more than that one thing we read. We forget that everyone is messy, confusing, contradicting, multi-faceted, mistake-making — humans.
These questions are designed to tap into the human in all of us. To help you figure out the confusion inside of you, and to remind you that every person on Earth has a mess of confusion inside of them too.
Ready? Here we go
Are you proud of who you are in this moment? If you die tomorrow, is this how you want to be remembered? When’s the last time you helped someone and what did you do?
What does it mean to live a good life? How do you find moments of joy? What values do you live by? How have your insecurities influenced your life? What was a turning point for you? What’s one step you can take to right a wrong?
Who do you blame for your problems? If you were to witness an attack, would you stand by and do nothing? What annoys you about other people’s behavior? — What does that say about you?
If your kindness comes from a fear of retribution, does that make you a good person?
How do you define honesty? What beliefs have you held on to — is it time to let any of them go? When is the last time you felt empowered? When’s the last time you felt wronged — what happened? What do you do when someone doesn’t like you?
What experiences seem to repeat themselves in your life? When have you reacted in a way that you regretted, and what brought on this reaction? What do you do when you don’t like someone?
Why do people seek your advice? What’s the best decision you’ve ever made? What’s the worst? Which obscure interest calls out to you? How have you changed since childhood? Do your dreams scare you?
Is there any situation where art hurts society?
How does your mind work differently than others, in terms of how you think and view the world? Do you make decisions logically or intuitively? Who will tell your story if you died tomorrow — what would they say?
What privilege do you have that allows you to dictate how someone else lives? If “freedom” means getting to do whatever you want, are animals freer than humans? — Or are we all still just trying to survive?
How does the skin of another person impact your life? What are the limits of love? By what standards do you judge yourself? Are you replaceable? Do you hold yourself to different expectations than you do others?
Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others on their actions?
What trait do you believe is the biggest waste of human potential? Our memory has proven to be fallible, so how do you know which of your memories are genuine and which have been altered? — Does this shift your sense of Self?
How would you defend humanity? What’s the most ethical way to give away ten million dollars? If all children are considered innocent, at what point do they stop being innocent? If everyone looked the same, would that be better or worse for humanity?
If you can save someone’s life and don’t because doing so would break the law, are you ethically justified in your choice? How much effort should one person make to not offend others? — At what point does this sacrifice individuality?
Has our inability to accept others as they are stalled our understanding of what it means to be human?
What would happen to society if everyone said what they think? What would happen if everyone listened to hear instead of to speak? How likely is it that humans will survive another 1,000 years? Does judging others improve your life?
How long are you allowing yourself to think before answering these questions? What feelings have you felt reading these questions? Does talking about your feelings scare you? Have I made you angry?
Why do you fear your innermost desires? Why does someone else’s opinion matter more than yours? Who decided you can’t be the person you want to be? Wouldn’t the world be a better place with your voice?
If I asked you to list all the things you love, how long would it take until you list yourself?