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Philosophy

Meaning of life

Questions for discussion:

Pride

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?

Experience

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

Vocabulary
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?

Your Personal Philosophy – Part 1

Questions for discussion:

1)Information
Do you have your own system of working with any kind of information? Have you ever thought how data ‘penetrates’ into your brain, stores, is recalled and get outside into external world? How can we improve all these processes?

2)Health
The say ‘Your health is the best wealth.’ Do you agree with this thesis?

Do you sleep enough or not? (Why not?) At the same hours? Do you get up with alarm-clock or without it? Why? How?

Religion and sexuality

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who is more sexual, God of Devil?
  2. Who would you prefer to talk with if it were absolutely safely, with God or with Devil? What would you ask them (about)?
  3. Who are smarter, demons or angels?
  4. Are nuns sexual?
  5. Do you like an idea of Rasputin to combine sex and prayers?
  6. Would you like to embrace Virgin Maria?
  7. Christ was not really humiliated, he was not raped. Would you forgive him his being ready to undergo even that (like in Russian prisons)?

Should we save this world?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is this world the best one of all possible worlds?
  2. What would the world be like if suffering and pain should not exist?
  3. Should we sacrifice our lives for some great goals?
  4. Do people have missions or is it just a product of their imagination?
  5. What can we say about characters of the saviors?
  6. Do people like missioners, saviors?
  7. Do all attempts to improve the life inevitably lead to bad consequences?

Moderalism

Let's look critically at its principles

Questions for discussion:

  1. Our needs must be moderated and we will be happier with the minimum we have.
  2. Poverty can't be eliminated but people are able to cope with it.
  3. Being in conflicts is a normal and healthy state of people and nations. Find enemies and fight them.
  4. Rich people are deviants, destructors, degenerates. We mustn't tolerate the existence of rich people. They are enemies of the nation and of the whole mankind.

Freedom

Questions for discussion:

  1. What does it mean to be free? What guarantees/limits our freedom?
  2. Is it possible to be absolutely free? Is it good?
  3. Does money make people free? Why? Why not?
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing?
  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a family?
  6. Could there be any freedom in relationship? What kind of freedom can you guarantee to your partner? What kind of freedom would you like to be given?

This isn`t a rehearsal. This is Life

Questions for discussion:

  1. Which of the following is nearest to your philosophy on life?
    • - Life is not a rehearsal. Do it now!
    • - To everything there is a season.

    Please give your explanation.

  2. Has it ever happened to you that you postponed some things that were important for you for the future, and after that discovered that time for them has gone?
  3. Do you agree that ``all the world`s a stage and all the men and women merely players`` who play their parts? How do you understand it?

Happiness

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is happiness for you? What or who can make you happy?
  2. Are you happy now? Why?
  3. Would you like to make other people happy? Are you ready to share your happiness with others?
  4. Which is more important for you - to love or to be loved?
  5. Have you ever made anything that greatly changed one-s life to the better?
  6. Can you contribute some cash to a charity committee?
  7. What do you think will be happiness for you in 10 / 20 / 30 years?

Conflicts

Questions for discussion:

  1. What makes people conflict? Is it only the results the sides want to gain? Do people usually enjoy the process itself?
  2. Do people need negative emotions? Are they usually aware of that need?
  3. Is it true that in any conflict both sides are always guilty? Should I consider any conflict to be mea culpa?
  4. By what criterion (criteria) can we determine who is right and who is wrong?

Money and self-respect

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you need more wealth or respect?
  2. Do people need money to start their own business?
  3. Can the real value of the person be measured by money he or she earns?
  4. Does big money make our life simpler or more difficult?
  5. Do you prefer to work to gain what you want or you would prefer to get everything without efforts?
  6. What is more interesting and pleasant, unlimited consuming or creative work?

Image-making

Questions for discussion:

  1. To make our positive image should we present our real advantages or does the image have nothing to do with the reality?
  2. Will people appreciate your degrees if you don`t present them?
  3. Must we be modest, unpretentious, retiring?
  4. Is it wise to declare your merits in open way, like that: I am a great master of conceptual, logical, and motivational analysis?
  5. Who are better image-makers, men or women?
  6. ``Woman`` is a brand, isn`t she? What about ``man``?

A person and circumstances

Questions for discsussion:

~ What strategy is the best? Do other strategies exist?
-To go where the circumstances are better?
-To adjust oneself to circumstances?
-To alter circumstances?
-To change one's attitude to circumstances?
-Just wait till everything will change to better by itself?

~ What is your strategy?

~ What do you prefer, to do what you can do easily or to overcome difficulties and hardships?

~ Do occasions exist in our world? Do all occasions have their reasons, sometimes unknown to us?

Pessimism and Optimism. Part II

The optimist is as often wrong as the pessimist, but is far happier | The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised

Questions for discussion:

Please, give your opinion about the next statements:

~ Nothing of value can be learned from failure | I can definitely learn something from a bad situation and work it out: everything happens for a reason

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