A place to keep my personal thoughts.
My thoughts, like teardrops, splash onto the page, causing a rippling effect that disturbs the calm and quiet.|
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|Without knowing how much time you have left, would you be willing to reduce your lifespan by 10 years if it meant a significantly better quality (however you define it) to the remaining time you had?
Heck no! If the choice had been 1 year, I would have had to give it a lot of consideration. But 10 years? That's an entire decade! I would much rather have the quality of my current life than have a life with better quality that is 10 years shorter!
|With all the conflicting "let it go" vs. "stick with it" advice out there, how do you personally decide when to keep holding onto something and when to finally let it go?
If I knew the answer to that question, I am certain my life would be better by degrees. I tend to hold onto something, even when I shouldn't, even when it is emotionally detrimental. I think the correct answer would be to use logic instead of emotion. Unfortunately, I don't seem to be capable of that.
| Which is a more powerful emotion: love or fear? Why do you think so?
Unfortunately, I'll have to go with fear on this one. I have seen love conquered by fear too many times. In fact, I have often seen love lead to fear: fear of losing the person, fear of not being good enough, fear of change, etc. I have also seen love conquer fear, but not as often. Also, I think you can start out loving someone deeply and completely, but, over time, for whatever reason, you may end up not loving that person. But when you start out fearing something, even though you may be able to get that fear under control, I believe it's always there, and, sometimes it festers, thus destroying love.
| You're scheduled to have dinner with the five people you admire most in the world. Who are those five people (real, currently-living people only) and why would you want them there? Where would you make a dining reservation? Would you try and cook?
I would have to choose family members: my mother, my father, my brother, my hubby and my nephew. I would want them there, because over the past few years, I haven't had nearly enough quality time with any of them, because of law school, work, injuries, etc. I would love to just have all of them in one place with nowhere else to go.
I wouldn't make a dining reservation, as I would want to be at home with them. However, I would try to talk someone into cooking the meal for me. I'm a decent cook, but I would want to spend the day relaxing and anticipating my time with them.
| Which is worse: accidentally killing another human being, or fully intending to kill another human being and failing (i.e. by screwing it up, not by having a change of heart)? Why?
I would say accidentally killing another human being is worse, not necessarily in the eyes of the law, but as a result of a life lost. If you accidentally kill another human being as a result of doing something illegal (such as DUI resulting in death), then you're going to face jail time. If the accident was really just purely an accident, then you'll likely suffer from guilt as a result, even though it wasn't really your fault. Either instance results in loss of a life.
Intending to kill but not killing doesn't result in a life lost. Though you will get jail time if your intent is discovered, no life will be lost. Even though there may be more dire consequences in this instance, there is no life lost. Therefore, I don't think it's a bad as accidentally killing someone.
| Do you believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life? Make your case, either for or against it.
This is something that I haven't thought a lot about, but I definitely wouldn't discount it without doing more research. I believe that anything is possible, and there is so much out there that we haven't adequately explored and know nothing about. Although I don't think there are little green men who will come and insist that we take them to our leader, I do think it's possible that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists.
|At what point does a for-profit company have an obligation to the social good? If your job as a CEO is to maximize profit, at what point could you justify cutting those profits to accomplish something else like lessening environmental impact, keeping jobs local, etc.?
I've thought about this prompt for awhile, and even though my opinions tend to lean the other way, I don't think a for-profit company should have an obligation to the social good. I wish they would take the social good into consideration, but to impose an obligation on them to do so is a bit much.
As far as lessening environmental impact, there are laws that somewhat ensure this. In regard to keeping job local, I am definitely an advocate of that. However, I can't say that I advocate it to the point that I would try to take away the company's right to choose.
I know a lot of people would disagree with my opinion on this, and, in ways, even I disagree with it. But, all things considered, I don't think a company should have these types of obligations.
|Are you an older sibling? Younger? Middle? Only child? How do you think your birth order has affected who you are today? If you could change it, would you rather have been born in a different order, as an only child, etc.?
I am a younger sibling. I have one brother, who is eight years older than I am. I think my birth order has affected who I am today, because, as the 'baby', I was spoiled and often got my way. Also, as a girl, I didn't get punished as much as my other brother. In fact, I often got him into trouble
My birth order has also worked against me. My parents didn't want me to repeat my brother's mistakes, so they often forbade me from doing things that they let my brother do. Also, I was more sheltered than he was.
If I could change it, I wouldn't. Overall, I am satisfied with my childhood and who I am today.
|Do you believe in divorce? Do you think the present-day prevalence of divorce has made it easier for adults and/or children to deal with when it does happen?
I do believe in divorce, but I don't believe it should be taken so lightly. I think it should be a last resort when every other possible solution has failed. I definitely don't think two people should remain together when they're not happy and/or no longer in love just to avoid divorce.
I don't think the prevalence of divorce has necessarily made it easier, but I think it has definitely ensured that people dealing with divorce have more support than they would have had many years ago. Also, I think it's according to the individuals. Some may view divorce as the end of their world while others are so nonchalant, you'd think they were just getting rid of used clothing.
|If someone were to donate a million dollars in your name to a charity of your choice, which charity would it be and why? (No, you don't count as a charity... think philanthropically!
Well, I was trying to think of a charity that would give half the donation to me, but I came up blank.
Seriously, though, I would choose the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, because it is a very good cause, and I have have several good friends affected by breast cancer.