Some questions to ponder

 1.      Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

Depends on what it is.

2.       If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?

I will think about it, there are many things I would like to see changed.

3.       To what extent do you shape your own destiny, and how much is down to fate?

Very little extent if any

4.       Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture?

We had an interesting discussion here about it.

5.       Should people care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?

Who decides the right way to do a thing? Depends on what is to be done too I guess.

6.       What one piece of advice would you offer to a newborn infant?

How do I know the infant is interested in my advice?

7.       Where is the line between insanity and creativity?

I have met some insane fellows who think the rest of us are insane. I think the answer depends on who is drawing the line

8.       What is true happiness?

Is there false happiness?

9.       What things hold you back from doing the things that you really want to?

Let me think about it.

10.   What makes you, you?

I don’t know.

11.   What is the truth?

No one knows the answer.

12.   What is reality?

That which is

13.   Do you make your own decisions, or let others make them for you?

This reads like a trick question

14.   What makes a good friend?

An honest friend who will lie to you on occasion to not hurt your feelings 😉

15.   Why do people fear losing things that they do not even have yet?

I have no fear of losing things I don’t have. It would be irrational.

16.   Who defines good and evil?

Mostly the priest or Imam.

17.   What is the difference between living and being alive?

It would be a contradiction of terms to be alive and not living.

18.   Is a “wrong” act okay if nobody ever knows about it?

Who knows.

19.   Who decides what morality is?

Again, I think it is the priest, the imam or the strongest in the group.

20.   How do you know that your experience of consciousness is the same as other people’s experience of consciousness?

I have no way of knowing.

21.   What is true strength?

Is there false strength?

22.   What is true love? (My experience of what I believed was “true” love)

I find all this questions of what is true difficult to answer. We are yet to agree on what is truth. Whatever love is, I don’t know if there is a false one

23.   Is a family still relevant in the modern world?

Why would it not be?

24.   What role does honor play in today’s society?

The same it has played in all human societies where talk of honour has been a feature.

25.   If money cannot buy happiness, can you ever be truly happy with no money?

You need money, if anyone tells you you don’t need it, they are probably lying to you.

26.       How do you know your perceptions are real?

I can only know they are false after repeated observations or corroboration by others.

27.       How much control do you have over your life?

In as much as I wouldn’t want to admit it, many things happen to me that I have nothing I can do about them.

28.       What is freedom?

To live as one wishes to do

29.       Isn’t one person’s terrorist another person’s freedom fighter?

Who decides who the terrorist is? The colonial government labelled the freedom fighters terrorists while they raped lands, killed men and women, for what?

30.       What happens after we die?

Life goes on without us.

31.       What defines you?

Depends on who is watching

32.       What do people strive for after enlightenment?

I can’t talk about others, for me, it is knowledge for its own sake.


About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

41 thoughts on “Some questions to ponder

  1. Mordanicus says:

    I like your answer to 8.


  2. Nice post. Did you come up with the questions or did you find this “quiz” online somewhere? I like your answers to the questions. They show you are a thinking person who does not try to give objective answers to questions that are totally subjective in the first place.


  3. john zande says:

    Random questions you’ve asked yourself? 😉


  4. archaeopteryx1 says:

    10. What makes you, you?

    The fact that everyone else was already taken – I got the left-overs.


  5. I laughed out loud with #8.
    Not because of your answer but the question itself. I paused to examine my immediate thoughts from that reaction. Living in the bible belt, people go around all the time with “false happiness”; fundamentalists pretending to be happy and tell everyone why — “the good news” — but are miserable.

    I also agree with ladysighs — #31 was a great answer and quite insightful.


  6. Sonel says:

    Lots of pondering indeed Mak! Loved your answers my friend. No1 : We do not fail. We just find 10 000 ways that won’t work. 😀

    No 21 made me think of Chuck Norris. He once kicked a horse in the chin. Its decendants are known today as Giraffes. Now, that’s true strength. 😆

    And 25 : It’s true that money can’t buy happiness, but it buys you a big enough yacht to sail right up to it. ~ Johnny Depp

    Have a great weekend my friend. 😀


  7. shelldigger says:

    Love your answers Mak.

    …makes me wonder who sits around all day thinking of questions like these. Some appear to be loaded questions with an agenda. Your answers are the kind that skew the kind of results they may have been expecting.


  8. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Very interesting responses, my Nairobi brother! I read this very early on Saturday morning (here). Now I have perspectives to contemplate all day long! 😉 Much love and naked hugs, my friend. Have a great weekend!


    • makagutu says:

      Much love brother. I hope you did a lot of meditation there after. The answers to this questions determine whether you are going to heaven or the other way


  9. Nancy Oyula says:

    The answers you’ve given, woah! Nice. on No.8, there’s false happiness. I loved Nos. 1 and 31. I totally relate.


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