Some Discussion Questions

(One or two questions are probably enough for one discussion session.)

What is the most important thing you have learned about life in the past few years?

If there weren't any rules, what would you do differently?

What foreign country have you heard the most about? What do you think it would be like to grow up there?

If a teacher really wanted to find out what you thought and felt, how could the teacher best go about getting to know you?

If something happened to your parents and you had to live with someone else for two years, whom would you most like to be with?

What is the worst thing about school? The best?

When was the last time you felt completely happy? What made you feel that way?

If you were a teacher, and the students in your class wouldn't listen to you, what would you do? What if you did that, and they still wouldn't listen?

If you could grow up to be famous and successful, what would you like to be known for?

Who are your heroes? Why do you think they are so terrific?

Have you ever thought you were going to die? If so, how did it feel? Is there anything you learned from the experience that you could share?

What would you do if everyone in your family forgot your birthday?
These questions are drawn from "The Kids' Book of Questions" by Gregory Stock (New York: Workman Publishing Company, 1988).

Discussion Topics for Adult Thinkers

My life is only my own, not anyone else's.

(Whether I was right, justified, and innocent, on the one hand, or wrong, not justified, and guilty, on the other hand, it doesn't matter.) The facts remain.

What happens is Nature's way. Everything that a person does is natural. If it weren't natural, it wouldn't exist.

Thinking can't change reality.

You have to take charge of imposing your own philosophy on yourself, of untroubling yourself (relaxing your mind).

You have a right to your opinion.

No two people are the same. You can only be the person you got.

Quotations from Albert Einstein:
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

"In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science."

"So long as they don't get violent, I want to let everyone say what they wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me."

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
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