Friday, February 29, 2008
The Book of Questions
Everything happens for a reason, I swear.
I don't get my mail as much as I should from the mailbox at my apartment, but for some odd reason I decided today was the day I would open it and unleash the pile of mail that had been collecting. I scanned through the community newspaper and randomly crossed over a book sale, today, at the public library. Funny. I was looking for something to do. I jetted over to the library, my mom following along after a phone call, and we must have spent a good hour in there. I love a good cheap book sale more than most people, I think. I spent $19 and got a HUGE box of books. I feel awesome today.
One of my best finds was The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock. The book is exactly what it sounds like, a tiny book filled with questions that make great discussion and are very thought-provoking. My kind of book. A friend of mine had it and lent it to me, and it was hard for me to give it back to her. I loved it. I brought it with me on road trips and engaged in long conversations with friends, or I just whipped it out at late night talk sessions with friends at college. There are 200 questions, so it was a fun game to pick a number and then ask the question. Some questions took a long time to answer, others just moments. But they're incredible because they make you think.
I want to put a few in here that I enjoy. Feel free to respond to any of the questions below. They're very, very cool.
You discover your one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to try to fix the mistake?
Would you rather be a member of a championship sports team or be the champion of an individual sport? Which sport would you choose?
Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot in it again?
What would constitute a perfect evening for you?
If you were to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or the mind of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
What is the most psychological torture you can imagine suffering? Anything causing even minor physical injury should not be considered.
Were you able to wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, would you do so? Who would you pick?
I could keep going forever, but this is my sample. Amuse yourself. Answer one or two.