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Hard Philosophical Questions, Part II

  1. Is it always good to have choices?
  2. Which is more important, justice or mercy?
  3. Is preservation of a country’s culture a good reason for limiting immigration?
  4. Is there a difference between fair trade and free trade? What is it and which is of greater importance?
  5. Is defining people according to race a social construct or a biological category?
  6. Will it ever be possible to travel through time? Space?
  7. Should terminally ill people be allowed or encouraged to commit suicide?

Deep Philosophical Questions, Part V

  1. How do you know that your experience of consciousness is the same as other people’s experience of consciousness?
  2. What is true strength?
  3. What is true love?
  4. Is a family still relevant in the modern world?
  5. What role does honor play in today’s society?
  6. If money cannot buy happiness, can you ever be truly happy with no money?
  7. How do you know your perceptions are real?
  8. How much control do you have over your life?
  9. What is freedom?

Funny Philosophical Questions, Part II

  1. Why do they nail down the lid of a coffin?
  2. Why don’t they have seat belts on buses, when they do on airplanes?
  3. Why do you have a flotation device under your seat and not a parachute on an airplane?
  4. Why don’t we have a name for the top of our foot and the backs of our hands? Would the opposite of sole be pole and the opposite of palm be salm?
  5. Why do round pizzas come in square boxes?
  6. At what age does a person become “elderly?”
  7. Do our pets have names for us?

Hard Philosophical Questions, part I

Hard philosophical questions are those that make you think, but (unlike most of the deep philosophical questions) can be answered. Many of them involve stating one’s opinion and then supporting that opinion with either facts or personal experience. Our list provides a good springboard for fascinating discussion and a way to get to know someone else on a deeper, more personal level.

Deep Philosophical Questions, Part IV

  1. If we live in a civilized in a world why do we see so many distinctions between rich and poor?
  2. What is the difference between living and being alive?
  3. Is a “wrong” act okay if nobody ever knows about it?
  4. Who decides what morality is?
  5. If lying is wrong, are white lies okay?
  6. Is trust more important than love?
  7. Is it easier to love or be loved?
  8. What will happen at the end of the world?
  9. Is there a reason to life?

Deep Philosophical Questions, Part III

  1. Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?
  2. If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?
  3. To what extent do you shape your own destiny, and how much is down to fate?
  4. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture?
  5. Should people care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?

Deep Philosophical Questions, Part II

  1. Will a curb on buying guns and arms reduce the number of shooting sprees in the world?
  2. Do we change when we have power?
  3. Will technological advances wipe out humanity?
  4. Does understanding philosophy lead to progress?
  5. Is there a species more advanced than humans in the universe?

Deep Philosophical Questions, part I

  1. Do guns protect people or kill people?
  2. Will racism cease to exist?
  3. Why is beauty associated with morality?
  4. Why do we respect the dead more than the living?
  5. Does God have supreme power?

Philosophical Questions About Death

  1. Do ghosts and spirits of our deceased loved ones exist, or are they only mental projections?
  2. How can we be sure there is or is not life after death?
  3. If death is inevitable, why bother doing anything?
  4. Is there such a thing as a good death?
  5. How can we know for sure that there is an afterlife?
  6. How do you properly say goodbye to someone that has died?

Philosophical Questions About Death

  1. Do ghosts and spirits of our deceased loved ones exist, or are they only mental projections?
  2. How can we be sure there is or is not life after death?
  3. If death is inevitable, why bother doing anything?
  4. Is there such a thing as a good death?
  5. How can we know for sure that there is an afterlife?
  6. How do you properly say goodbye to someone that has died?

Philosophical Questions About Happiness, Part II

  1. Can life be meaningful without friends?
  2. How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?
  3. Do numbers in a bank account make people happy?
  4. Is living life to the fullest possible?
  5. Can spirituality make you a happy person?

Philosophical Questions About Happiness

  1. What is the meaning of a good life?
  2. Is it more important to be respected or liked?
  3. Have we become less happy in this age of technology?
  4. Are humans obligated to better themselves and will that make them happier?
  5. Is having a big ego a negative or positive trait?

Meaning of life

Questions for discussion:


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is pride?
  2. Are you proud of your country?
  3. Do you feel more pride in yourself or in others?
  4. Are you proud of your heritage?
  5. Do you think you were always a source of great pride for your parents?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is experience? What kinds of experience can you name?
  2. What do you consider positive and negative experience? What is more useful for your self-development?
  3. Do you think experience can be of different quality?
  4. What are the ways we get new experience?
  5. Have you ever started doing something in order to have new experience? Was it difficult for you?

Is there a God?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe in God?
  2. Is there any evidence for God? Explain? What is the greatest piece of evidence which says God exists?
  3. Why did God create us?
  4. Does God love everyone the same?
  5. What do you think God thinks of the way we live?
  6. Why does God let innocent people suffer and evil people prosper?
  7. Why doesn’t God answer everyone’s prayers?
  8. Do you ever have experience talking with God in sleep?
  9. What question would you like to ask God?

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness. These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.

Do we need problems?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Tell about any three problems of any kind you’ve ever had. How did you solve them?
  2. Is there any “best way” to solve a problem?
  3. Do unsolvable problems exist? Have you ever had one of the kind?
  4. Do you prefer to solve problems by yourself or to get help?
  5. What is the best way to get help with problem solving?
  6. Does one’s being an optimist or pessimist influence solving a problem?
  7. Do we need problems?

Faith and Faithlessness

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is faith?
  2. What it faithfulness?
  3. Is there a difference?
  4. What do you have faith in? (i.e., religion, money, government)
  5. How does faith affect your life?
  6. How do you live faithfully or with faithfulness?
  7. Do you think that celebrities/the media displays good faithfulness?
  8. If you didn't have faith, where would you be?
  9. Do you think society needs faith? Is it beneficial or harmful?
  10. Is faithfulness harder to have than faith?

Thanks a million

Generosity (n) - readiness or liberality in giving
Empathetic (adj) – the ability to emotionally relate to another individual's emotional state; the action of understanding and being sensitive to the feelings of another person
A heart of gold (n) – a very good and caring person
Altruistic (adj) - unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others
Philanthropic (adj) - showing concern for humanity, especially by performing charitable actions, and donating money

Thoughts of outstanding people (Continued)

Questions for discussion:

  1. “Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.” (George Bernard Shaw)
  2. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” (Walt Disney)
  3. “No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” (Jessica Savitch)
  4. “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” (Mother Teresa)

Thoughts of outstanding people: agree or disagree

Questions for discussion:

  1. “As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.” (Socrates)
  2. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. “ (Charles Darwin)
  3. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” (Buddha)
  4. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” (George Washington)
  5. “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” (Aristotle)

Believe in God

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe in existence of God?
  2. Do you believe in existence of many gods?
  3. Are atheists and communists also believers?
  4. Do you believe in science?
  5. Where does the logical analysis lead? Should we trust our logic?
  6. Does materialism equal to belief that God exists, but he is an idiot?
  7. Does God or any other deity interfere in human affairs or has God left us forever?
  8. Why does Evil exist?

Belief in Church

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is your belief your own choice or other people have decided for you in what you should believe? Should we in our belief be with our nations?
  2. Can one belong to two different churches simultaneously?
  3. Should Christians doubt their religion? What about Muslims? What about terrorists?
  4. If our religion tells us one thing and our conscience another, whom should we follow?
  5. Do we need mediators between us and God? Can we find the right way ourselves?

Thoughts & wisdom from philosophers, scientists, presidents & others – Do you believe them? (Continued)

Questions for discussion:

  1. "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." - Plato
  2. “A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing” - Marilyn Monroe
  3. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it" - Henry David Thoreau
  4. "I've never paid a woman. I never understood where the satisfaction is when you're missing the pleasure of conquest" - Silvio Berlusconi

Thoughts & wisdom from philosophers, scientists, presidents & others – Do you believe them?

Questions for discussion:

  1. "Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate." - Thomas Jones
  2. "The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad." - Salvador Dali
  3. I'm proud of my invention, but I'm sad that it is used by terrorists. The negative side is that sometimes it is beyond control.” Mikhail Kalashnikov
  4. "I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  5. "I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them." - Ian Fleming

The problem of choice

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you understand by the problem of choice? Does this problem really exist? How much does it influence people’s life?
  2. Is/was it easy for you to choose (friends, partners, a place to study, a career, a place to have rest, things to buy, etc)? Do/did you make the choice by yourself or does/did anybody/ anything influence your choice? Which cases are/were the easiest? Which cases are/were the most difficult?
  3. What do you do to make the right choice? Are there any special techniques?

What do we live for?

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do people live for? Is there any special purpose for mankind to exist?
  2. Does people’s attitude to Life change through time? Does it become more pessimistic or more optimistic?
  3. Is it a good idea to live for smb’s sake or we should firstly care for ourselves?
  4. What way of living do you approve of?
  5. What way of living do you disapprove of?
  6. Are there any special rules you follow?
  7. Could you imagine a situation when you may be ready to sacrifice your life?

The power of wish

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe that our thoughts can materialize? Why do you think so? If yes, do you have any example of it?
  2. Do you believe in karma or fate?
  3. Do you think that you are a creator of your own life?
  4. Should we overcome our fears? Could it be that fears defend us from uncertainties of the life?

Your Personal Philosophy – Part 2

Questions for discussion:

4) Personal Principles
What principles do you follow in your life? Give us examples. Who or what circumstances made you believe in them? Are they really useful? Have you ever revised some of your basic principles? If yes, what were the causes and the effects of those? If not, what if… you did so.
Who are your role-models: parents, historical personalities, people in everyday life, artistic or invented heroes and heroines? How have you chosen them? In what periods of your lives? Have you wanted to change your heroes?

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