Saturday, August 1, 2009

I need Answers!

During a search I fell on Yahoo’s ‘Answers’ page. Looking into it I found a surprisingly vibrant community, and they have a section on Philosophy. Once signed up you can ask a question and get replies from real people. You can also answer other people’s questions. So I have been roaming about the community lately like a philosophic Lone Ranger.
I have had fun giving and reading answers and I am here to tell you that there are some smart cookies amongst the people who contribute. I liked this one in reply to the question ‘What is the key to true happiness?’

The key is under the custody of a contented person. We can borrow it from him freely. He has several such duplicate keys. Even if you do not return the key, he will not bother. He is such a nice person.

And this one in answer to a question from a confused teenager:

Be Aware.Your kindness may be treated as your weakness … still be kind.
Be Aware. Your help to others may go unheeded and unnoticed … still be helpful.
Be Aware. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies … still succeed.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable … still be frank and honest.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow … still be good and do good.
Your forthrightness may be treated as high handedness or insubordination … still be forthright.
Virtues and values of life may mean little for people … still be virtuous.
Your faith in God and Love for Humanity may be taken as orthodoxy and foolishness … still have faith in God.

So if you need an answer, right now, you could do worse than to ask it on Yahoo’s Answers.


susan said...

I don't know about your answers, but I read your blog religiously and get answers or at least a feeling of inner peace when I am fighting the old black dog.

I hope you and your family are having a great summer.

Alex said...

Thank you Susan, its nice to get positive feedback about the blog, or any feedback! Is there anything you would like to see more of?

Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)

Discover The Tale of Genji, the 11th Century classic of Japan (click image)
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