Philosophical Questions

Hey, everyone! As it turns out, my last post garnered a bit of positive feedback from you guys. Instead of philosophical quotations, some of you sent us some questions that are quite philosophical in nature. It was quite a joy reading through them and answering them. So I asked Julie for another nightcap and we came up with our answers.

Is it wrong to buy your kids Christmas presents when a disaster has struck your area and others are struggling?

Me: Hooboy. This one made me think quite a bit. To be honest, I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s still my money and it’s my prerogative on how I’m going to spend it despite the occurrences around my family. In fact, since there was a disaster in the area, having an extra holiday cheer will go a long way for the morale of my family.

Julia: I can see why this is a touchy topic for some. It’s the same line of logic as “Should I feel bad for spending on expensive food when there are people dying of hunger?” sort of thing. While I think the world would be a better place if we all helped each other out, this is something that should be done out of the goodness of your heart and not because you feel socially pressured into it. I, personally, would hold a family meeting to discuss this. Do we spend on Christmas presents and the like or is there something else we want to do with it. Ultimately, it is the decision of the family or of the parent which determines the outcome regardless of outside opinion.

Is life devoid of meaning if we live forever?

Me: Yes. Life is beautiful because it is fleeting.

Julia: No. Meaning is placed into something we value. If you value every single day of your immortal life, you can still have meaning in your life.

Is it possible for something to be in two places at once?

Me: Ooh I love the answer to this one. One of my favorite movies is A Walk To Remember. One of the dreams of Mandy Moore’s character is to be in two places at once. Her love interest takes her to a state border and has her stand above it–effectively being in two places at once. So realistically, in that sense, yes–it is possible to be in two places at once.

Julia: It’s a bit odd now as the concept of ‘being’ is rather fluid. Physically speaking, probably not–unless you send your body parts to different places–EW. But for example, if you have a relative who’s abroad and they video chat with you–physically you aren’t there but on the emotional aspect of the thing, you are. You aren’t missing out on whatever it is they’re showing you and you get to stay exactly where you are. So in doing so, you are sort of in two places at once.

Why do we dream?

Me: I think we dream because we need it. We get to explore worlds, scenarios, and feelings that can sort of prepare us for if and when it occurs during waking life. Personally, I look forward to my dreams each night because it’s like my own personal movie.

Julia: To stay sane, really. Our brains process so much data that it needs an outlet for certain thoughts or rationalizations. I think we dream because we can. If that makes sense to you.