Question of the Week #202

Would you be willing to commit perjury for a close friend? For example, might you testify that he was driving carefully when he hit a pedestrian even though he had been joking around and not paying attention? No. And I'm sure that would lose me some friendships if I were put into that position. I'm … Continue reading Question of the Week #202

Question of the Week #201

Do you frequently find yourself--just to be polite--saying things you don't mean? For example, when you say good-bye to someone who does not interest you, do you act as though you enjoyed their company? Of course I do. That's because I'm not the only person in this world who has independent thoughts and feelings. Therefore, … Continue reading Question of the Week #201

Question of the Week #189

Can you be counted on to do what you say you'll do? What does it take for you to trust someone? I think I can be counted on to do what I say. Obviously, I'm not perfect. I'm gonna make mistakes and I'm gonna let people down. But that's just not something I would do … Continue reading Question of the Week #189

Question of the Week #158

You notice a self-destructive behavior pattern in a friend who is clearly unaware¬†of it. Would you point it out? I would probably try to point it out, yeah. Because if it's someone I care about and they're doing something that's unhealthy or unsafe, I'd want to keep them from harm. However, I would only try … Continue reading Question of the Week #158

Question of the Week #144

A close friend asks--and genuinely wants--your opinion about something, but your opinion is one that he is likely to find quite painful. For example, your friend is an artist and asks your honest estimate of his chances of being successful. You think he is an atrocious artist who hasn't the slightest chance of success. What … Continue reading Question of the Week #144

Question of the Week #118

If your friends and acquaintances were willing to bluntly and honestly tell you what they really thought of you, would you want them to? Yes. I value honesty. Not a very involved answer this week. But, there you go. *The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, … Continue reading Question of the Week #118

Question of the Week #79

For $20,000, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone, and that there would be no long-term effect on your career. Seriously? $20,000 to basically do nothing? Where do I sign up? I mean, sure, I'll probably be unpleasant to … Continue reading Question of the Week #79