I want to start by thanking Tim from Unforsenities for including me in his award post. I’ve never done one of these before, but I really liked the questions he asked and wanted a shot at answering them.
I’ll freely admit that I was hesitant to make this post. It seemed disingenuous to post something “fun” while I was watching daily news broadcasts that showed our nation coming apart at the seams. I still don’t know if the timing is right, but I also don’t know if the timing will ever be right. So, here it is, if for no better reason than it’s something to distract for a moment from the grim view outside the window.
First, my answers to the questions Tim asked:
What is your favorite Star Trek episode? All spin offs, generations and films count.
Both my favorite episodes come from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I can’t choose between them! Darmok, S5 E2, where the Enterprise crew comes into contact with a civilization who communicates through literary fable and metpahor, and Sarek, S3 E23, where an aging Vulcan ambassador comes aboard the Enterprise en route to a peace talk. The Ambassador has a condition that slowly erodes his ability to control his emotions, which leads to those around him experiencing flashes of those uncontrolled feelings. This episode has, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful scenes of the entire series.
What line from a song makes you say, “I wish I had written that!”, every time you hear it?
Once again, a couple spring to mind! One is in the song Kashmir by Led Zeppelin:
Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace
Like thoughts inside a dream
Here is the path that led me to that place
Yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon
I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high in June
When movin’ through Kashmir
The other is in the song Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath:
They say that life’s a carousel
Spinning fast, you’ve got to ride it well
The world is full of Kings and Queens
Who blind your eyes then steal your dreams
It’s Heaven and Hell, oh well
And they’ll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night
And when you walk in golden halls
You get to keep the gold that falls
It’s Heaven and Hell
If words could only be written a finite number of times, would you write them not knowing if it they could be written again?
Yes. I may even write more. I imagine that sort of limitation on a word’s existence would force a way faster evolution of language. We’d probably have unrecognizable conversations within only a few decades of one another!
If you could walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, who’s shoes and why? (any person, any time, any reason)
Neil Armstrong, the moment he first stepped onto the surface of the moon. All the science, all the work leading up to that moment, and yet there was still no way for him to know for sure what was about to happen. Has there been a more intrepid group of humans than those of the Apollo 11 mission?
If you find yourself standing at the intersection of ‘Right’ and ‘Legal’, which path would you choose?
Always what’s right. In Nazi Germany, when an SS officer gunned down a Jewish person in the street, only one of them was breaking the law. The other was participating in one of the greatest atrocities humanity has ever carried out. Laws do not always capture the essence of morality, and in some cases are written for the express purpose of making it legal to carry out immoral acts.
Dogs… or cats?
Dogs all the way. No question. Cats are boring, and I’m not sorry to say that.
Is is okay to benefit from knowledge, technology or skills that were gained by morally questionable means?
This is really the question Tim asked that stood out to me. I thought about it for a long time, mostly thinking about the horrible experiments carried out in Germany and Japan during the years surrounding World War Two. In fact, the Japanese Surgeon General Shirō Ishii can probably be considered the poster boy of this issue, as once the United States became aware of the gruesome and cruel experiments he had been running on human subjects regarding weaponized disease and the like, they sold him his immunity for the price of all the data he had collected. In a way, it almost seems to me that destroying that data, or at least failing to add it to the store of human knowledge, would be doing a disservice to the victims. Letting the one product of their immeasurable suffering go completely wasted would be like ignoring that the suffering ever happened. Although, granting immunity to the man who inflicted that suffering is ridiculous, especially considering he was a soldier of an enemy nation at the time.
How much better, or worse, is your singing voice than you believe it is?
It’s probably exactly as good as I think it is, meaning you won’t see me going up on stage and belting out a song any time soon…
Where do you think all the lost socks went?
I think the washing machine is actually what eats them, and the dryer gets a bad rap.
“I think, therefore, I am”. I feel, therefore, I _______?
You have a magic wand, you waved it. What happened?
Hopefully my student loans disappeared.
This is getting to be a very long post… I’ll try to wrap it up quickly.
My nominations: There are so many talented bloggers I could put here, and far too many that deserve a place for me to stop at only 11. It may be a cop out, but really if you’re reading this and we’ve connected through our writing, I would love to see you create a post like this of your own. That being said, here are some folks I’d like to nominate:
- Are ghosts real? Have you ever had an experience with anything paranormal?
- Should aliens even care about what goes on down here on Earth?
- Do you think there are beings that exist beyond our perceptions? As in, are there things both smaller and larger than what our physical and technological capabilities can perceive?
- Chocolate or vanilla?
- What ancient city would you most like to visit at the height of its power?
- Is magic real?
- What happened to Amelia Earhart?
- The world has seen industries that started small among a select few individuals, and then spread like wildfire throughout the world: social media, online commerce, even cryptocurrency to an extent. What’s the next big industry?
- Would you rather be gifted a mansion or a private jet? All expenses paid for both.
- What is the one secret the government wants to be found out the least?
- Are you optimistic about humanity’s future?