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User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

Hello gang,

About 20 years ago a book came out called "The Book of Questions". This book contained lots of hypothetical questions that really caused one to think. It was great for social gatherings and produced good conversations. I picked out a few of the questions that I got from the book, and thought it would be fun to ask some of them here being that we are from various regions and different background, and we all know that we have very different views. So, here goes:

Question #1:For a person you love deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing that there would be little chance of you ever seeing your family and friends again?

Question #2:Do you believe in ghost? would you be willing to spend a weekend alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted because death occured there?

Question #3:Would you be willing to take the life of a child if you knew this would cure world hunger and end starvation?

Question #4:You are a couple who is expecting your first child. The doctor tells you that there is a 50 percent chance that the child will be blind and deaf. This is your one and only chance to have a child. Would you give up your only chance of having this child because he/she may be blind and deaf? Or would you take the risk and have it?

Question #5:If you could spend 10 years in perfect happiness--having everything you could possibly want out of life, but afterwards would remember nothing of the experience, would you do it?

Question #6:A person that you know successfully
completes a robbery. Although he gets away with ten million dollars, a person dies during the robbery. Assuming this person will NEVER get caught and he/she offers you half the money (and you REALLY need the money) to keep quiet, would you take it? Or would you turn him in and get nothing? By the way, the person killed was a homeless person--a John Doe, and had no family.

Question #7:You discover your wonderful one year old child is, because of a mix up, not yours. When you start to search for your own child you are told it will take at least five years to find your child. Futhermore, you are also informed that it is possible that your child is no longer alive. Meanwhile, the one year old will be removed from your home. Do you risk having the only child you know as yours removed from home in order to wait five years to find your own child that may or may not be alive? Or do you just keep the child in your home and say nothing?

Question #8: Do you think the world will be better or worse off 100 years from now?


I'll stop there. I'm looking foward to reading your answers. Please, lets not flame or start wars over any of the answers. Lets respect everyones answers.  Big thumbs up

Cheers....

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User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3388 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Question #9: Why am I reading this post?  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineVulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1079 times:

1-yes
2-no
3-yes
4-would not take chance
5-no
6-I woud not take the money
7-keep the child I have
8-worse
-Yes, good conversation  Big thumbs up



"If you take everything I've accomplished in my entire life and condense it down into 1 day, it looks decent!"
User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1079 times:

Flight152
Come on now! I was really hoping to see your answers. But I can honestly say that I don't have an answer for #9.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

1. Depends just how much I "love" this person.

2. Ghosts and all things supernatural are hogwash. So yes, I would stay in such a house.

3. No. No indivdiual should be expected to give up their life for anybody else.

4. No. Besides, why have more children when there are plenty that need adopting?

5. Yes. I fail to see the downside here...

6. I would not turn him in and I would live happily with my easy money.

7. You raised and cared for the child, therefore that child is yours, irregardless of whose nucliotides it contains...

8. Better.


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

1) Yeah, I'd move there. It's not like I want to see my family anyway. Big grin
2) I don't believe in ghosts. So I'd love to spend the time in a house which is believed to be haunted.
3) Yes. It's not like I like children anyway. A small sacrifice for a big payoff.
4) Abort. The world is overpopulated, I don't think I want to have children anyway, and I don't think a child would be happy being deaf.
5) Yes. Maybe I'd die in that perfect happiness.
6) I'd take the money.
7) I don't even know. I hope I won't have children.
8) Worse. It's bad enough as it is.



Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

1. Yes, I would move far away, but mainly because I don't see how the restrictions of the question would be possible with air transport so good. I wouldn't move to the moon or go on that trip to Mars.

2. I don't believe in ghosts. I do believe that strange things occur, sometimes unexplainable things. I would LIKE to spend a weekend in that house. If it turns out there are ghosts, I'd like to talk to them if possible because I have questions about the afterlife.

3. Yes, I'd take the child's life to save the greater number. Our government's policies effectively do this all the time anyway.

4. I'd have the kid anyway. I've worked with disabilities before - and the people who have them have a lot to offer the rest of us many times. I'd have to put my faith in God here and just accept whatever happens. Blind and deaf, though, is a hard one - it could easily hurt everything else in my life.

5. Yes, I'd do it and be happy for ten years. I really don't understand why you wouldn't do it - no decision here.

6. I would take the money then give it to charity. The dead person can never be brought back, he has no family, locking someone up forever isn't going to do anyone any good. If I couldn't do this, I wouldn't take the money, but I wouldn't turn him in either.

7. I'd just keep the kid I had. Biological relationships don't automatically make a relationship better or worse.

8. I think it will be better. I think history has shown things do get gradually better - we live longer, have more freedoms, etc... Yes, we do sometimes take backwards steps, like during the dark ages and during times of war, but for the longterm I think things will get gradually better.

kind regards,

RogueTrader



User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1022 times:

1. No
2. I wouldn't like that
3. Yes
4. I wouldn't take a chance
5. No, I wouldn't take those 10 years
6. I'd take the money
7. I'd take a chance to find my own child
8. How the world was, better or worse, 100 years ago?


User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1018 times:

1) Yes, certainly. My wife and I have moved many times, and are both far removed from family. I could get smart here, but won't. Actually, our families moved away from where we were first!
2) No I don't believe in ghosts as such, although I do believe that there are things that happen beyond our comprehension, especially with loved ones who have died. Yes, I would be willing to spend a weekend in the house. My wife may possibly not accompany me though.
3) Probably not - because I don't believe I have the right to take human life. But if you take the individual element out, it becomes maybe a different question. But for me personally - no.
4) I wouldn't think it was a risk. If God wanted me to have child with disabilities it would hopefully be because he knew I could and would cope. But I guess I would like to know that we could communicate and relate to our child in a meaningful way.
5) Maybe I already have and can't remember. Seriously, no. What is life without experiences, and what are experiences without memories. The things I value most are my faith, my family, friends and memories.
6) I wouldn't take the money. Would I turn him in? Probably, but I'm not 100% sure. But probably.
7) I would keep and love the child that I had. Why possibly ruin that child's life, and also another child's life by the anguish of separation and rejection.
8) I don't know. I would hope it would be better, and believe that our young people will fight to make it that way. But I have real doubts that our governments, corporations and entrepreneurial people in all fields will make it easy for them.
Interesting questions, and they probably deserve a lot more than the couple of minutes thought that I've given them
Cheers
Bill



"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

Some of these questions are quite easy others hard, I have slightly changed my ideas after reading some of the answers, maybe it cut down on the thinking time.

1. Depends on how much I loved this person but I would probably move away, life is meant to be experienced so a moving to a new place would be ok, also with communications these days some can be on the other side of the world and still talk to them just like they were down the street.

2. No I don't believe in ghosts, so I would stay in the house, I think there some super natural things that go on that some people are tuned in to and so some people have the perception that they were a ghost.

3. Depends on the child, to end world hunger would be good, but you would live with a moral dilemma.

4. Have the child anyway.

5. Whats the problem here, no downside at all, when do my 10 years start.

6. Take the money and give most to charity, once the person is dead you can't really bring him back to life.

7. Love the one you are with, One in the hand sort of stuff.

8. That depends on your point of view, sure some things will be worse but a lot will be better.

9. Why am I reading this, must have too much time on my hands.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 998 times:

Hi RougeTrader,

Regarding question #1, I think the book was implying that once you left, you would not be able to travel to see your family and friends again. That would be hard for me.  Smile


User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 990 times:

Climbout, yes it would be hard. But since I don't have kids, only my parents, I think it might be a little easier for me. Especially considering my parents are always trying to hide from me and have invited to pay for my move to Antarctica several times. My friends are all in jail or under indictiment, so they're about to go away anyway themselves.

kind regards,

RogueTrader


User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 985 times:

Oh my!

By the way, I'm sorry I spelled your name wrong RogueTrader. I hate it when I do that.

Cheers...
Climbout


User currently offlineMatt86 From Germany, joined May 2001, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 974 times:

Question #1:For a person you love deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing that there would be little chance of you ever seeing your family and friends again?
yes

Question #2:Do you believe in ghost? would you be willing to spend a weekend alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted because death occured there?
No and no...

Question #3:Would you be willing to take the life of a child if you knew this would cure world hunger and end starvation?
I don't know what I would do...

Question #4:You are a couple who is expecting your first child. The doctor tells you that there is a 50 percent chance that the child will be blind and deaf. This is your one and only chance to have a child. Would you give up your only chance of having this child because he/she may be blind and deaf? Or would you take the risk and have it?
I would give up. I think it would be a nice live for the child.

Question #5:If you could spend 10 years in perfect happiness--having everything you could possibly want out of life, but afterwards would remember nothing of the experience, would you do it?
yes... it's a nice time, and the ten years i would have a lot of fun.


Question #6:A person that you know successfully
completes a robbery. Although he gets away with ten million dollars, a person dies during the robbery. Assuming this person will NEVER get caught and he/she offers you half the money (and you REALLY need the money) to keep quiet, would you take it? Or would you turn him in and get nothing? By the way, the person killed was a homeless person--a John Doe, and had no family.

hmm... I think I would take the money if it is a friend and I would also never get caught... I "REALLY need the money"...


Question #7:You discover your wonderful one year old child is, because of a mix up, not yours. When you start to search for your own child you are told it will take at least five years to find your child. Futhermore, you are also informed that it is possible that your child is no longer alive. Meanwhile, the one year old will be removed from your home. Do you risk having the only child you know as yours removed from home in order to wait five years to find your own child that may or may not be alive? Or do you just keep the child in your home and say nothing?
I would say nothing.

Question #8: Do you think the world will be better or worse off 100 years from now?
don't know



User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 966 times:

Question #1:For a person you love deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing that there would be little chance of you ever seeing your family and friends again?
I love foreign countries.. so It would be a tough one, probably I would, unless I loved my Friends and family more (however, communications are so great now, we could talk by phone or email anyway Big grin

Question #2:Do you believe in ghosts? would you be willing to spend a weekend alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted because death occured there?
I certainly do not believe in ghosts, however if it is believed to be haunted, its obvious it has an atmosphere about it (not many bright and airy $600k condo's in LA are haunted are they?) and so the house good pyschologically effect you without you seeing a ghost.

Question #3:Would you be willing to take the life of a child if you knew this would cure world hunger and end starvation?
yes, i'd be willing to be sacrifice myself if I was that child also

Question #4:You are a couple who is expecting your first child. The doctor tells you that there is a 50 percent chance that the child will be blind and deaf. This is your one and only chance to have a child. Would you give up your only chance of having this child because he/she may be blind and deaf? Or would you take the risk and have it?
I would hate to have a child that was blind and death, simply because i'd hate to be in that situation (how do you know what you are doing, where you are going and where you are/who you are?). Although its only 50% chance, i'd think i'd risk it (even though In reality I wouldn't want children.)

Question #5:If you could spend 10 years in perfect happiness--having everything you could possibly want out of life, but afterwards would remember nothing of the experience, would you do it?
Of course! I think its better not remembering the good things, because then when you feel bad you don't feel worse remembering better times.


Question #6:A person that you know successfully
completes a robbery. Although he gets away with ten million dollars, a person dies during the robbery. Assuming this person will NEVER get caught and he/she offers you half the money (and you REALLY need the money) to keep quiet, would you take it? Or would you turn him in and get nothing? By the way, the person killed was a homeless person--a John Doe, and had no family.
the person dying being homeless doesn't make it any less of a crime, however as he will never get caught, i'd take the money. Its already been stolen, the man is already dead, if i'd known before he'd done it I would make sure he didnt do it, but thats in the past so I would take the money


Question #7:You discover your wonderful one year old child is, because of a mix up, not yours. When you start to search for your own child you are told it will take at least five years to find your child. Futhermore, you are also informed that it is possible that your child is no longer alive. Meanwhile, the one year old will be removed from your home. Do you risk having the only child you know as yours removed from home in order to wait five years to find your own child that may or may not be alive? Or do you just keep the child in your home and say nothing?
Keep the child, he/she is wonderful and we are getting along just fine. Changing sons could be traumatic for both sides, and the feeling that your genetic child who you didn't see in his/her most important stages might be dead just makes it harder to find the heart to drop the child you have and find your real child who will probably be too grown up to make your own by the time you find him/her.

Question #8: Do you think the world will be better or worse off 100 years from now?
don't know.


User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 962 times:

Question #1:For a person you love deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing that there would be little chance of you ever seeing your family and friends again?
Get away from my very strange, overbearing family? I'd do it in a second. My frinds on the other hand, I would have a dilemma there, but, if I really loved the person, then yes, I would do it, see more of the world, and rebuild my life.

Question #2:Do you believe in ghost? would you be willing to spend a weekend alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted because death occured there?
I do not believe in ghosts, and I would stay in the house.

Question #3:Would you be willing to take the life of a child if you knew this would cure world hunger and end starvation?
The choice here as I see it is to directly take the life of a child, or indirectly take the lives of millions, including many more children. I would do it. And, like EGGD said, if I were the one to be sacrificed, I would do it also.

Question #4:You are a couple who is expecting your first child. The doctor tells you that there is a 50 percent chance that the child will be blind and deaf. This is your one and only chance to have a child. Would you give up your only chance of having this child because he/she may be blind and deaf? Or would you take the risk and have it?
I wouldn't have the child. I'm not very fond of children, and I don't want to imagine how aggrivating having a blind and deaf child would be. That would be too much for me.

Question #5:If you could spend 10 years in perfect happiness--having everything you could possibly want out of life, but afterwards would remember nothing of the experience, would you do it?
No, I wouldn't do it. I'd have fun during those ten years, but then I'd lose all of those experiences. No thanks.

Question #6:A person that you know successfully
completes a robbery. Although he gets away with ten million dollars, a person dies during the robbery. Assuming this person will NEVER get caught and he/she offers you half the money (and you REALLY need the money) to keep quiet, would you take it? Or would you turn him in and get nothing? By the way, the person killed was a homeless person--a John Doe, and had no family.
Even if he was a homeless person, he was still a PERSON, and his murder should not go unpunished. I would turn him in and not take the $5 million.

Question #7:You discover your wonderful one year old child is, because of a mix up, not yours. When you start to search for your own child you are told it will take at least five years to find your child. Futhermore, you are also informed that it is possible that your child is no longer alive. Meanwhile, the one year old will be removed from your home. Do you risk having the only child you know as yours removed from home in order to wait five years to find your own child that may or may not be alive? Or do you just keep the child in your home and say nothing?
I would say nothing. Whether or not that is my child, raising him/her for a year makes him/her my child. I am the de facto parent, and I now have a responsibility to care for this child, rather than my biological child.

Question #8: Do you think the world will be better or worse off 100 years from now?
Better


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 951 times:

Question #1:For a person you love deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing that there would be little chance of you ever seeing your family and friends again?

1.Yes

Question #2:Do you believe in ghost? would you be willing to spend a weekend alone in a remote house that is supposedly haunted because death occured there?

2. Sounds like a blast!

Question #3:Would you be willing to take the life of a child if you knew this would cure world hunger and end starvation?

3. Nope. Curing hunger and ending starvation is a problem way too easily solved than taking a life.

Question #4:You are a couple who is expecting your first child. The doctor tells you that there is a 50 percent chance that the child will be blind and deaf. This is your one and only chance to have a child. Would you give up your only chance of having this child because he/she may be blind and deaf? Or would you take the risk and have it?

4. Have the kid. Didn't even think twice.

Question #5:If you could spend 10 years in perfect happiness--having everything you could possibly want out of life, but afterwards would remember nothing of the experience, would you do it?

5. What'dya got to lose? Of course.

Question #6:A person that you know successfully
completes a robbery. Although he gets away with ten million dollars, a person dies during the robbery. Assuming this person will NEVER get caught and he/she offers you half the money (and you REALLY need the money) to keep quiet, would you take it? Or would you turn him in and get nothing? By the way, the person killed was a homeless person--a John Doe, and had no family.

6. He's going to jail.

Question #7:You discover your wonderful one year old child is, because of a mix up, not yours. When you start to search for your own child you are told it will take at least five years to find your child. Futhermore, you are also informed that it is possible that your child is no longer alive. Meanwhile, the one year old will be removed from your home. Do you risk having the only child you know as yours removed from home in order to wait five years to find your own child that may or may not be alive? Or do you just keep the child in your home and say nothing?

7. "Oh, what a tangled web we weave......" The child belongs with its' real parents.

Question #8: Do you think the world will be better or worse off 100 years from now?

8. Well, if we start a massive worldwide holy war and kill each other off because of what God told us to do....and there's no one left in a hundred years......you tell me?


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 945 times:

No - You can love someone else, family is irreplacible
Yes/Yes - I think they could be real, would want to experience it if no danger.
No - I couldn't take an innocent life for any reason
Have it - See #3
No - I wouldn't want to lose 10 years of memory
Rat him out - Its just wrong to take it
Keep the child - no-brainer
Better - Just like now is better than 100 years ago.



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 944 times:

My answers:
1) no
2) no (believe in ghosts)/yes (stay in the "haunted" house)
3) no, albeit with great reluctance
4) have the baby
5) yes
6) turn him in
7) keep quiet about it
8) probably much the same



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 932 times:

1) No
2) Sure
3) Sure
4) No, I would not have the child
5) Sure
6) I would take the money
7) Give the kid away, and not search for the real one
8) Worse



I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
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