Melanie of sparksfromacombustiblemind asks us interesting and thought provoking questions every Monday. I am such a sloth that I am still responding to last week’s questions. My apologies Melanie, but better late than never; so here goes:
1. Where’s the line between respectful disagreement and being downright mean (bullying) to someone?
I think the answer to this is partly subjective in that a person who is making those remarks needs to keep an eye on the expression and body language of the recipient. People vary in their threshold to withstanding differing opinions. Objectively, any remarks that are offensive or have negative connotations should be avoided altogether. Disagreeing is one thing, being rude is quite another.
2. Would you prefer to live in a world where alcohol was free or where politicians were honest?
This one is very easy for me. I don’t take alcohol as my faith forbids it. Honest politician is a bit of an oxymoron, the general idea being that they are not. But I am sure there must be some honest ones out there.
3. What’s one habit you have that your family or friends think is rather childish?
I have to admit that there is not one such habit but several. The one that comes to mind is that I love “skidding” over glazed or polished or ceramic floors much in the style of ice skaters. This has always embarrassed my kids if I do it out of the house e.g. the floors of malls. Now that I am older they are also afraid that I will fall and break my bones.
4. Would you rather go to a big party and rub shoulders with the rich and famous or go to an amazing quiet Garden that hardly anyone has ever visited?
This isn’t even a choice. Why would anyone give up an “amazing quiet garden” in favour of a big party? I can hold my own at formal occasions but I am happier sitting quietly with a cup of tea and a favourite book and now my blog too.
Halloween Question: What do you think of the idea of “trick or treat or money for a charity” as a way of making Halloween more useful?
I think a middle of the road approach is better. Money spent on Halloween celebrations could be used for charity. However, kids having some harmless fun instead of being glued to screens is a good idea as long as the expenditure does not go overboard.