Gregory Stock has assembled 200 questions "...about your values, your beliefs, and your life; love, money, sex, integrity, generosity, pride and death..." (p. 5). These questions are not meant to have right answers--or short ones. They can stimulate group discussion or prompt solitary reflection. The author has selected them to help us learn more about ourselves.
A sample of the more interesting ones:
- If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven't you told them yet?
- Would you give up half of what you now own for a pill that would permanently change you so that one hour of sleep each day would fully refresh you?
- Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?
- When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it? Why?
- Would you be willing to go to a slaughterhouse and kill a cow? Do you eat meat?
- Would you rather play a game with someone more or less talented than yourself? Would it matter who was watching?
- If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
The book is recommended a basis for personal reflection, to stimulate discussion with a close friend, or as a basis for after dinner discussion. Think a bit about each question before you ask it of anyone else, though. Some questions probe a bit deeply for casual conversation.