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Four Questions

What is the one subject in the world that matters most to you?

What is the one act you most despise?

What have you always promised yourself you’d learn more about when you only had a moment to spare?

If you could live your life over, what would you be that you aren’t?

I’ll answer, but I want to hear your answers first.

7 thoughts on “Four Questions”

  1. Bill says:

    The one subject that matters most to me: my family — yesterday, today, tomorrow, and a thousand years from now.

    The one act I most despise: screwing with my family — yesterday, today, tomorrow, or a thousand years from now.

    I’ve always promised myself I’d learn more about: (this is a tie) — calculus and Zen.

    What I would be (that I’m not) if I could live my life over again — my wife.

  2. Claude says:

    The one subject that matters most to me: I’d say my family, but I don’t think they’re a subject. Subject: Folklore.

    Despise: Pat answers.

    Learn: Sanskrit.

    Be: Time traveler.

  3. Tom says:

    Life would be the subject that interests me most.

    Civilization (humanity’s “act”) is despicable in that we’re killing life, our own home (Earth) and family (all it’s inhabitants).

    i’d have liked to learn music and to play an instrument adequately.

    I wouldn’t change a thing (except some of the wrongs I’ve done to a few people along the way), I’ve been fortunate (not wealthy), healthy (rarely ill), and loved.

  4. Dave says:

    I’d have written what Bill did, but am thinking kinda small today.
    Going back on a deal.
    A writer.

  5. Jim Cook says:

    1. The one subject in the world that matters most to me intellectually is process — how do things work? But I think the one subject in the world that matters most to me if I bring my head and my heart together is actually the impermanence of narrative — all stories join already in progress and all stories end. This captivates and horrifies me.

    2. The act I most despise is powerful people and groups messing with other people who are trying to write their own narrative.

    3. I’ve always wanted to learn more about computer programming, which can be like distilled thought.

    4. If I could live my life over, I’d be more patient when patience was needed, and less patient when action was called for, and wise enough to know the darned difference.

  6. Dave says:

    Yo Jim. I hope you don’t mind a comment on your answers, but this interests me. Your no. 1 sounds like “what is my life about” and no. 2 , get this, actually could be anything with the force to impact your narrative (what your life is about) such as powerful people and groups or perhaps that Great White shark out to make a meal of you next time you’re in the breakers. If you slide into that shark’s maw and are never seen again, well, either the shark has written your narrative, or your narrative might have always been about that shark. Or that group, etc. Heavy, huh?

    1. Jim Cook says:

      That’s not an entirely hypothetical surmise.

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