(Original post by anradu)
Do you care, truly, about life and others around you? Do you worry, and constantly consider, what you can do you benefit those around you?
Absolutely, I've always considered myself a pleaser when it comes to people. Still have to figure out the best way I can make my contribution to society however.
Do you believe that those that care are in a minority of society? That many do not embrace caring beyond oneself?
To me it feels like compassion in society is increasingly more about the emotional reward to doing something charitable, rather than if you truly did make a difference. The Kony 2012 meme (yes, I do feel it should be considered a meme, it came and went in like a week) is a perfect example of this. Plenty of people bought into the idea, bought some ****ty gift package, the company gave a small chunk of the overall donations and donated it to Ugandas dictatorship and that was that. Still waiting for someone to say "Hey, did we ever get that guy?" (hint: nobody will)
Does society push individuals to conform to the majority view, and does it push the nonconformists out further?
Does one have to be flexible to be accepted into society? Are those cast aside from the "mainstream," within the assumption that you stick your core belief, mentally the strongest or the weakest?
If you're not used to the culture, or had different values, yes. I'd say the second question depends on the context, as morality definitely would play a role.
Do you stick to your true self? Has an experience ever pushed you away from the core outwards, away from your original self?
I'd like to say that yes, I do try to live my life true. However, we are never who we used to be. Life experiences can change people's personality so drastically that I don't believe that anyone would be the same person who they are now if they had lived a different life.
There's a famous saying that we are born original, and die a copy - do you abide by this? Even if it means being unwelcome?
I try to live my life rationally, moral, and the way I desire. As long as those three are maintained, either one makes no difference.
If by the end of your life you had a happy family, good friends and money in bank to sustain the family after you are gone, would you be happy?
Do you strive for more than this? If so, what?
At this time in my life I don't intend to have children, so I guess that would be a yes to striving for more. To make some sort of impact on science would be a good outcome, however at this moment I can't exactly say what it is that I want to get out of this thing called life.
Do you truly embrace the notion of legacy? To believe something greater than yourself? To leave behind a legacy? I'm not just talking in the context of definition, but the true, stuck-to-your-soul, meaning of legacy.
The last question kind of answers this as well. Although leaving behind a true, built from scratch legacy is pretty damn- near impossible nowadays.
Are we a society with few intellectually-deep thinkings? Are those that "think different' self-restricting or the most liberating?
Do you find "free-thinkers" the most interesting people to be around with?
Do you find that raw intellect shown by academia is not one that necessarily correlates to depth in thought of life?
I'd say yes, popular culture is completely void of intellectual insights, just big tits. And I wouldn't stick all free/ self thinkers all in one basket. I'd for sure say that NWO believers definitely self- restrict themselves. Lastly, that's a yes. Academia opens the doors for deeper philosophical thinking, that doesn't mean you'll walk in.