Friday, May 21, 2010

These are the questions I ask every day, on my way, on my way, on my way...*

I was walking home today, in a rush to get there and finish packing before driving up to Maine, and walked past two people sitting on a bench.

"Excuse me?" said the female, "Could you answer a question for us?"

"Sure" I shrugged.

"What do you think your purpose in life is?"

"Um, I, uh..."

"We're not going to record your answer or anything. We're just having a discussion and wanted to get more input."

"Well..." I began, "I guess I'm not sure where to go with that... do you mean career-wise, or personally, or...?"

"How about answering this question instead," said the male. "Which is more rewarding: interpersonal connections or self-satisfaction?"

I thought for a moment before I responded, "I don't believe one can have self-satisfaction without interpersonal connections."

They seemed satisfied with my answer and I continued on my way.

What about you? Would you have stopped to answer questions from strangers? What would your answers have been?



smukai said...

My purpose these days is simply to be a good father and good husband. The trickle down from that relates to be being a good worker, a good example, a good person for society....

Interpersonal connections are far more rewarding than self-satisfaction, though I think you are right. You can't have one without the other, in either direction!

Des said...

I love answering questions like that. I love getting into life, death, philosophical type discussions.
Its so much fun to me!
I liked your answer and believe it to be true. There's no self satisfaction that in some way doesn't involve other people.

Katharine said...

Good answer! I couldn't think quickly enough to give such a concise response.

I stumbled onto your blog today, and have enjoyed immensely my time here. I like the way you think and write. Keep it up, and thanks for sharing.