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    What would you say is the most important question that one may ask? A question that is most important for you and your wants, needs and goals? In other words the answer would be a great eye opener so to speak.

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    "What can I possibly learn from philosophy?" Just kidding, personally the question "What is there to live for?" Has always been most important to me, however it's a bit of a subjective question, and considering it effected me very negatively it may not qualify for the best question.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    What would you say is the most important question that one may ask? A question that is most important for you and your wants, needs and goals? In other words the answer would be a great eye opener so to speak.
    What's for tea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
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    What would you say is the most important question that one may ask? A question that is most important for you and your wants, needs and goals? In other words the answer would be a great eye opener so to speak.
    What's for tea?
    In all seriousness though strange.
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    That could well be it, what is the important question at the moment. Since we as people are always changing, I mean the things we want out of life now or consider the most important are probarbly different that those of say 20 years ago. So what it means is we need to change the question so that it evolves with us. I mean when you're a teenager clubbing, girls and trying to get some cash in your pocket is probarbly really important, but by the time you reach 50 you probarbly just think that security and having done something worthwhile with your life are the most important things. But I suppose different people will have different questions and different answers. Just musing a little longer on the thought, do we ever really know what we want? I mean what's really important to us, it seems to me that we don't really notice the really important things at the time. It's like we can only really look back and evaluate which were the important things. If we do realise what is important at the time would we then judge it to be when looking back?
    We all make choices and try and choose the best path at time, so would there really be much point in looking back and asking if we made the right choices? No not too sure on that one.

    Ok enough of the rambling, I will say the most important question is "Am I on the right path, and if not how do I change it?" I think if you know the answer to this question then you should always be happy and fullfilled no matter what your stage in life.
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    There are many important questions to be asking.

    What are the best doctors to see for different problems.

    Which is the best profession to study so that you can get a good job when through with school.

    What is a good school for whatever you want to study about.

    Where is a safe, economical place to live.

    Which car is the best for the money and hold its value the longest.

    Who should you marry.

    So as you see many good questions are out there so iy depends on many things, your age, financial situation, health and on and on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    What's for tea?
    Earl gray, splash of milk with cranberry white chocolate scones.

    For me, there is no most important question. That's like asking what is the most important cardinal direction. One question is never enough. It gives rise to countless others, if the right question is asked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    What would you say is the most important question that one may ask? A question that is most important for you and your wants, needs and goals? In other words the answer would be a great eye opener so to speak.

    Discuss.
    Why more ?
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    What's it all about, Alfie?
    Is it just for the moment we live?
    What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
    Are we meant to take more than we give
    or are we meant to be kind?
    And if only fools are kind, Alfie,
    then I guess it's wise to be cruel.
    And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie,
    what will you lend on an old golden rule?
    As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie,
    I know there's something much more,
    something even non-believers can believe in.
    I believe in love, Alfie.
    Without true love we just exist, Alfie.
    Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie.
    When you walk let your heart lead the way
    and you'll find love any day, Alfie, Alfie.

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    for me
    the most important question has always been
    "Could I have done that any better?"
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    How about this:

    For me the most important question has always been:
    "Could I have done that any better?"

    I don't know if it is better, but it certainly isn't annoying (unlike your normal formatting).
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    What's it all about, Alfie?
    Is it just for the moment we live?
    What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
    Are we meant to take more than we give
    or are we meant to be kind?
    And if only fools are kind, Alfie,
    then I guess it's wise to be cruel.
    And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie,
    what will you lend on an old golden rule?
    As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie,
    I know there's something much more,
    something even non-believers can believe in.
    I believe in love, Alfie.
    Without true love we just exist, Alfie.
    Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie.
    When you walk let your heart lead the way
    and you'll find love any day, Alfie, Alfie.

    Burt Bacharach and Hal David
    Beautiful lyrics to an epic song, John. I have posted a live recording for those who may not be familiar with this work. I trust you will not mind?

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    In our unending quest for knowledge, every new discovery and every new phenomenon, is usually followed by the utterance of the most important question ever postulated by mankind. The one question that sits at the pit of his desire and at the peak of his curiousity, simply put in its abbreviated form....WTF?
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    who is Alfie?
    Meteorologist/Naturalist & Retired Soldier
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    who is Alfie?
    The lead character in a movie by the same name.

    Plot summary at this link: Alfie (2004 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    who is Alfie?
    The lead character in a movie by the same name.

    Plot summary at this link: Alfie (2004 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I think LF was playing the "Who is John Galt?" card as a whimsical aside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    In our unending quest for knowledge, every new discovery and every new phenomenon, is usually followed by the utterance of the most important question ever postulated by mankind. The one question that sits at the pit of his desire and at the peak of his curiousity, simply put in its abbreviated form....WTF?
    Or as Isaac Asimov put it:
    The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka" but "That’s funny..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    What would you say is the most important question that one may ask? A question that is most important for you and your wants, needs and goals? In other words the answer would be a great eye opener so to speak.

    Discuss.
    For me the most important question is "how?" For any goal I set, I need to know how I am going to achieve it. For any experience I have, I need to understand how it happened. Some will argue that why is important but I don't think anything has purpose really. Also most people attribute "why" to some kind of higher power. For me a series of "how"s is about as close to a why as I am going to come. How did one event cause another and so one and so forth. So for me, understanding how things happen and how I can cause things to happen or cause things not to happen is practical, useful, and productive to maintaining my existence.
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    the most important question?

    Who are you?

    the most important answer?

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    The term 'Free' in Free thinking, does not imply control....
    Intelligence is being able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
    God is not inside the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
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    who is Alfie?
    The lead character in a movie by the same name.

    Plot summary at this link: Alfie (2004 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I think LF was playing the "Who is John Galt?" card as a whimsical aside.
    As one who has read 'Atlas Shrugged', I gave that matter consideration then decided on a 'literal response' in light of the fact that we had posted the song 'Alfie' and that some viewers may not have read the book to catch the inference.

    Interesting how a mere three words can be subject to more than one interpretation.
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    Of course this is exacerbated (encouraged?) by the fact that some people some of the time write both explicilty and implictly and some of the implications are buried very deeply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Of course this is exacerbated (encouraged?) by the fact that some people some of the time write both explicilty and implictly and some of the implications are buried very deeply.
    Indeed. For some reason, the image of a shovel comes to mind, lol...

    Well.....a (potentially)deep subject.

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    why should i dig it up, if i don't want it...
    The term 'Free' in Free thinking, does not imply control....
    Intelligence is being able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    Well.....a (potentially)deep subject.

    I turn pail at the thought of what you really meant. Is this a trend? You buck it at your peril. (You could get shafted - that's one of mine.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Of course this is exacerbated (encouraged?) by the fact that some people some of the time write both explicilty and implictly and some of the implications are buried very deeply.
    Indeed. For some reason, the image of a shovel comes to mind, lol...

    Well.....a (potentially)deep subject.

    A well without a handle to turn in order to bring up the water, now that's a new one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Of course this is exacerbated (encouraged?) by the fact that some people some of the time write both explicilty and implictly and some of the implications are buried very deeply.
    Indeed. For some reason, the image of a shovel comes to mind, lol...

    Well.....a (potentially)deep subject.

    A well without a handle to turn in order to bring up the water, now that's a new one!
    I suspect that this image is a mock-up, a 'lawn ornament' so to speak yet somehow most appropriate for a play on words as it illustrates how everything that we perceive is but a construct of the mind and that our attempts to share and exchange these constructs is logically going to reveal omissions and /or overlaps.

    You demonstrate the attention to detail which is a consistent hallmark of your posts, cosmic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    I turn pail at the thought of what you really meant. Is this a trend? You buck it at your peril. (You could get shafted - that's one of mine.)
    Your pallor is unwarranted. My meaning was simply that many of these dialogues become 'entrenched positions' requiring a shovel to dig oneself out of.



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    I suspect that this image is a mock-up, a 'lawn ornament' so to speak yet somehow most appropriate for a play on words as it illustrates how everything that we perceive is but a construct of the mind and that our attempts to share and exchange these constructs is logically going to reveal omissions and /or overlaps.
    So that' "ornament" has no well but does have a very short rope on the bucket that can't even go anywhere but just hang in one position on its 3 foot length as part of the ornament. I wonder why people think something like this is ornamental to begin with? You'd think that with todays modern ways that you'd want to ornament your place with things that would enhance the way you live, hey looky there they don't have city water at that house, type of thing, but then again to each their own.
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    Questions by Mind.In.A.Box

    Code:
    when I feel water soaking me through,
    I cannot drown them.
    when I feel fire burning me up,
    I cannot scorch them.
    when I feel the blade digging in,
    I cannot cut them.
    when I feel the rope tightening,
    I cannot choke them.
    
    it's the questions that haunt me.
    it's the questions that drive me.
    it's the questions that mar my sleep.
    it's the questions that pain me.
    it's the questions that guide me.
    it's the questions that cut so deep.
    
    it's the questions that burn me.
    it's the questions that need me.
    it's the questions that mark my core.
    it's the questions that soil me.
    it's the questions that feed me.
    it's the questions that yearn for more.
    
    I'm watching the rain,
    my mind wants to roam.
    I'm driving along,
    my mind needs to soar.
    
    I'm falling asleep,
    my mind finds no rest.
    I'm drifting away,
    my mind longs for more.
    
    I'm feeling disdain,
    my mind wants to moan.
    I'm crying alone,
    my mind needs to roar.
    
    I'm falling apart,
    my mind finds no nest.
    I'm screaming aloud,
    my mind is no more.
    
    when I feel acid in my sore eyes,
    I cannot rinse them.
    when I feel blisters on my torn skin,
    I cannot heal them.
    when I feel the chains shackling me,
    I cannot shed them.
    when I feel my hands strangling me,
    I cannot sever them.
    
    I'm watching the rain,
    my mind wants to roam.
    I'm driving along,
    my mind needs to soar.
    
    I'm falling asleep,
    my mind finds no rest.
    I'm drifting away,
    my mind longs for more.
    
    I'm humming a tune,
    my heart almost reeling.
    I'm strolling a path,
    my heart is so still.
    
    I'm forgetting myself,
    my heart is not beating.
    I'm feeling nothing,
    my heart is dead still.
    
    my heart is dead still.
    I honestly can't designate a single most important question. As soon as I try the question I arrive at is: why am I doing this?

    At this moment my questions are:
    What am I going to teach in class this evening?
    How do I translate this into good English, without betraying it's intended grammar? (欲人之愛己也必先愛人欲人之從己也必先從人。)
    How do I value and what is the magnitude of the value I put on the things I do? (this is actually the top question above a mass of basic questions about life, and it seemed silly to list all those basic ones)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    What would you say is the most important question that one may ask?
    For some: "What's the most important answer?"
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