This question is inspired by some of the feedback we got to last week’s question How Can You Help? Several people commented on how busy they are, and how time spent thinking about our questions and/or composing a thoughtful response is time that is taken away from other activities.
This is certainly a valid point. But it brings to mind another question: Why are we so busy? Over the last century or so, a growing number of devices have been introduced into our society that are supposedly “labor-saving” devices, like the electric vacuum cleaner or the automated dishwasher. But as we have access to more and more of these labor-saving devices, what is happening to all the hours the supposedly being saved?
Moreover, the Internet, and our ability to communicate much more easily with people all around the world, has shortened the day. 24-hour news channels have increased the amount of news available to us, while providing less and less time to process and make sense of that information.
But it may be possible to become accustomed to a world swamped with information and expectations. Our brains may be flexible enough to adapt to whatever demands our modern world places upon them.
So which is it? Are we too busy? Or are we just busy enough? Can we handle even more? If we are too busy, what can we do about it?
Related questions: What is time? What are our responsibilities to others? What is important? How have we changed?
We all have bands or singers that we enjoy. They create music that might make us dance, make us think, or make us feel.
The particular musician or group, however, can help explain something about your personality. The style or genre that resonates with you can also be illuminating.
What is your favorite music? And what does it say about you?
Related questions: Why does music evoke emotion? Why do we like what we like? What makes you you?
Individuals crave love. Much of our lives are spent pursuing love, either from a mate or from family or friends. There is an entire holiday devoted to the concept.
But why? What is it about love that people find so desirable? Why is love important?
Related questions: What is important? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we feel the need to belong? What do we have in common?
Understanding your own happiness is important. Knowing what has made you happy in the past can help you steer your life toward similar experiences in the future. Often, though, there is a disparity in what we think will make us happy and what actually does.
What puts the biggest smile on your face? What makes you the happiest?
Related questions: What makes you the unhappiest? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we put up with unhappiness? Why don’t we know what makes us happy?
Change is one of the constants in life. We go through radical change in our early years, as we physically and mentally mature. After that the changes tend to be more subtle, but can be equally as profound.
How have you changed in the last 20 years? In the last year? In the last week? How have you changed?
Related questions: How would you like to change? What is necessary to change your mind? How have we changed?