Beware of the Leopard

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Everyday Life

42 Questions: a Blueprint for Establishing Empathy and Compassion

Mind

  1. What % of the population thinks like you?
  2. Where do you place yourself in terms of intelligence?
    • Among the 1% most intelligent
    • Among the 25% most intelligent
    • Somewhere in the middle
    • Among the 25% least intelligent
    • Among the 1% least intelligent
  3. What is your favourite puzzle game?
  4. How would you want to be introduced to someone? [Meet X, they are/do…]
  5. What answer do you always, repeatedly have to Google?
  6. How do you approach correcting people?
    • Whenever I see a mistake
    • When they ask for feedback
    • I notice things but never voice them
    • I rarely notice mistakes

Body

  1. How healthy do you feel? (Between 1-5)
  2. How good do you look? (Between 1-5)
  3. How important is another person’s health? (Between 1-5)
  4. Where do you place physical attraction in your list of criteria when meeting a potential romantic partner?
    • Most important
    • In the top 3
    • Ideal, but not important
    • Not important at all
  5. If magic existed or money were no object, what would you change about your body?
  6. Which sense is the most exciting?
    • Sight
    • Hearing
    • Touch
    • Taste
    • Smell

Soul

  1. How do you want to be remembered when you die?
  2. It is known or assumed your parents did a good job raising you. Where, if anywhere, did they go wrong?
  3. What art form moves you to tears, n the best way?
  4. What art form bores you to death?
  5. You must choose a job with a clearly demonstrable benefit to the public. You have been given the necessary training and you have the qualifications and the means to do this job anywhere in the world. What job do you do?
  6. What is another word for “passion”?
    • Sexual desire
    • Romantic love
    • Fierce commitment to a cause
    • Something that really sparks your interest

Spirit

  1. How did we get here?
    • Something scientific I don’t understand
    • A combination of the Big Bang and evolution
    • God made the universe and kicked off evolution on earth
    • God made humans, and created “pre-history” to test us
  2. Where do we go when we die?
    • The next dimension
    • Back to level 1 in a new body
    • Into the ground to be worm food
    • Someone decides whether we go to the good place or the bad place
    • I don’t know
  3. What keeps most of us from doing really bad things?
    • Morals
    • Law
    • Fear
    • Effort
  4. How are we rewarded for doing good deeds?
    • By feeling better about ourselves
    • A god rewards or punishes us
    • Karma keeps the world in balance
    • We’re not; it’s chaos
    • We’re not; it’s our responsibility
  5. Who is with us in our journey through life?
    • A god of some sort
    • Our own consciences
    • No-one; we’re born and we die alone
  6. What is a sin?
    • Something that goes against a moral code
    • An offence against a religious law
    • There’s no such thing

Goals

  1. Given your current qualifications and education, what job would you like to be doing for the rest of your life?
  2. What opportunity did you regret not taking?
  3. What is more important?
    • A happy home life with someone I love
    • A job I’m good at and the respect of my coworkers
    • Money, power and influence
    • Health and safety, and that of those close to me
  4. Who will look after you in your final years?
    • My children or grandchildren
    • My partner
    • My closet family members
    • My friends
    • The state
  5. What will you leave your grandchildren?
    • My memories and the advice I gave
    • My money and estate
    • My debts
    • I don’t intend to have children
  6. What super power would you want?

Fears

  1. What keeps you awake at night?
  2. What is the final boss fight you’re gearing up for, or are anticipating in later life?
  3. What is humankind’s greatest sickness?
  4. What is the hardest difference to confront in another person?
    • Gender or sexuality
    • Race or ethnicity
    • Religion or spirituality
    • Appearance or body type
    • Disability
    • Age
  5. How do you deal with meeting different people?
    • Seek to understand
    • Live and let live, but hope they leave me alone
    • Explain why their way of life needs to be challenged
    • Fix or destroy them
  6. What worries or frightens you about yourself?

Environmental

  1. What will kill the human race in the next 100 years?
    • Climate change
    • Violence
    • A scientific accident
    • A prophecy
    • Nothing; it’ll take longer
  2. What binds us together?
  3. What is pulling us apart?
  4. What are we collectively ignoring?
  5. Why does humanity group together?
    • To share or trade resources
    • For survival
    • For companionship
  6. On colonising a new planet, we can only pack the bare essentials (food, shelter, serviceable clothing). What’s the one item not on the essential list that we must take with us?