I have several songs in my music collection that speak to me. There’s a dance performance that moves me every time I see it. And an essay from my favorite author helped form my beliefs as I was developing my own political identity.
It seems art can sometimes communicate directly with our soul. How does creative expression help us to know ourselves better?
Related questions: Why do we like what we like? What are the benefits of fiction? Why does music evoke emotion?
I’m amazed by things big (like the universe) and small (like an heirloom seed). One is 13.8 billion years old and dying very slowly. The other is sitting in dormancy until the right conditions allow it to give birth to another version of itself.
What amazes you? All answers — grandiose and / or commonplace — are welcomed.
Related questions: How can we maintain wonder? What is important? Why do we like what we like? Why are things amazing?
Our doubts can range from healthy skepticism to unhealthy paralysis. Everything from questioning someone’s intentions to doubting our faith (or lack of it) can be beneficial or crisis-inducing.
When is doubt helpful? Or, more specifically, how do you know when it’s good to listen to that inner voice of doubt?
Related questions: What do you do that you shouldn’t? When is it useful to fail? What is necessary to change your mind? How important is intuition?
The saying goes, “I would have rather have tried and failed than to have never tried at all.” Is this true? Doesn’t some failure have far too lasting and unwanted consequences? Still, we would learn or experience very little if we stuck to doing what’s already comfortable to us. And, trying new things we might fail at for awhile can be enriching and exciting.
So, when is it useful to fail? What level of failure do you find acceptable? What are your limits?
Related questions: How do you define success? Do we learn more from our successes or failures? Is it okay to be wrong sometimes?
Most people prefer being happy over being sad. In fact, happiness makes us healthier. It boosts our immune system, is good for the heart, and likely helps us live longer. So why wouldn’t happiness be the most important purpose in life?
But are other emotions just as important? Are other goals in life just as essential?
Have at it, dear readers: Is happiness the most important purpose in life?
Related questions: What is true happiness? Why is achieving it so difficult? Is there a limit to how happy you can be? Why do we put up with unhappiness?