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Profitable Probing

Updated: 6 days ago

Time for a little thinking-lite. Things that make you go: Hmmmmmmm.


- If poison is past its expiry date, is it more poisonous or no longer poisonous?

- Which letter is silent in the word scent, the “s” or the “c”?

- Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned?

- Why is the letter “w” pronounced double-u? Shouldn’t it be double-v?

- Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.

- The word SWIMS upside down is still the same word.

- Trying to lose a game of rock-paper-scissors is just as hard as trying to win.

- If there’s a sign saying Keep Door Closed at All Times, why have a door there at all?

- When French people swear, do they say ‘pardon my English?’

- Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

- Why do “slim chance” and “fat chance” have the same meaning?


Don’t stay up too late trying to come up with a reasonable answer to all of the above. They’re just kind of fun thoughts . . . and fun is part of life, yes? But there are questions of more import that are worth kicking around as well. For instance . . .


- What are you holding onto that’s holding you back?

- If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what about reality?

- Who or what decides what truth or the right thing is?

- Does life require a purpose?

- Am I squandering my potential or living up to it?


Many more weighty questions worth purposeful cogitation could be added to the fun ones. Both are worth our time. Life is a balance, to quote the old proverb: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (and Jill a dull girl). But the case can be made that focusing on those things that affect life more significantly is, well, significant. Fun is skin deep, but things like love, justice, and peace are the skeletal structure and meat on the bones.

Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. So examine.


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