25 Years Old and Still So Many Question

On my 25th birthday, I’m thinking back on this first phase of my life. I’d like to think I have learned a thing or two. But mostly, what I have noticed is I have so many questions that I have yet to find an answer for. So in no particular order here are 25 of them. If any of you have the answers feel free to enlighten me:

  1. Why is it easier to believe negative statements about you than positive statements?

2. Do we deserve “credit” for being a good person compared to corrupt people?

3. Is there an innate self that determines how we respond to situations or do our circumstances shape who we are?

4. Is there a difference between loving someone and supporting them?

5. Why are reason and emotion often thought of as mutually exclusive ideas?

6. Does loving yourself and putting your needs first have to be selfish?

7. What is a parent’s obligation to their children and what is a child’s obligation to their parents?

8. Why do people rarely earn what the value of the service they provide is worth?

9. Why does stress bring out the best in some people and the worst in others?

10. Why is happiness the only valid emotion to discuss or show in public?

11. Why do some oppressed people perpetuate the same hate they have experienced and oppress others instead of supporting those in similar situations?

12. When did it become worse to call people out for offensive behavior than actually being offensive?

13. When did the “everyone’s entitled to their own opinion” mantra become a safe haven for ignorance?

14. How many chances should a person get before you have to choose yourself and let them go?

15. Is there such a thing as objective truth when you can spin an idea to fit a perspective or agenda?

16. What is it that determines what we talk about publicly versus what we keep to ourselves?

17. When love is conditional or selfish, can you still call it love?

18. Do you have a responsibility to the people in your life to be honest always?

19. Why is empathy preached as an ideal character trait, but so hard to come by?

20. Does an individual hold themself back by constantly acknowledging their lack of privilege? Or do we perpetuate inequality by keeping silent?

21. When did owning up to failure or apologizing for wrongdoing become a weakness to avoid?

22. Why is it that we create so many versions of ourselves depending on our audience?

23. Why do we blame the victim when someone is taken advantage of? “You shouldn’t have done…etc.

24. How can there be true compromise between two competing ideas?

25. When there is so much pressure to be the best, is it wrong to aspire to a simple life? To have no ambition to change the world, but just to survive it?

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