Big Questions
  • Are “Why are we born” and “why do we die” the same question?
  • What’s truth and what’s love got to do with it?
  • What does World War One mean to our understanding of: the feudal system of Europe, the Peasant Revolt of the 15th century, the origins of Zoroastrianism, …?
  • What are people for?
  • Who all killed JFK?
  • Why had India no demo-tropic revolution or underclass insurrection until after Britain colonized it?
  • What questions are buried within you (your heart) (humans) (the human heart) and how can they be brought forth, faced, and elaborated?
  • How is the heart/this people/ … to be excavated?
  • Is restlessness a factor in politics/the American idea/democracy/religion/death?
  • Must empires decline?
  • For what use should ruins be preserved?
  • Is the life force real or only metaphorical?
  • What awaits the one who dies?
  • Is there an existential risk in travelling?
  • Can anything be done to discover the meaning of life?
  • Were human beings better in the past or will they instead be better in the future?
  • How broken is the world? What can be done to be attuned to that? Are suffering, hearsay, living, and being close of equal efficacy?
  • To what extent does freedom of action depend on something greater than oneself?
  • Where is your twin in the world, where in the world is you as a child? “My childhood bends beside me,” says Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses 29.
  • Is empire an evil?
  • What is god?
  • Are atoms real?
  • Is the Tao equivalent to God equivalent to Brahman equivalent to Nature?
  • For whom is there the beautiful?
  • What is the oldest continuously existing culture or people?
  • What are birds saying?
  • Who was “the friend” and where did he go?

From the Mahabharata (William Buck version)
• Who is the friend given by the gods?
• What is heavier than the earth?
• What is higher than heaven?
• What is swifter than the wind?
• What is more numerous than the blades of grass in a meadow?
• What does not move after its birth into the world?
• What has no heart?
• What is the support of man?
• Who is the friend of the sick?
• Who is the friend of the dying man?
• What is the guest that all life hosts?
• What is all the universe?
• What forever travels alone?
• What is reborn after birth?
• What is the best of all things that are praised?
• What is the most valuable possession?
• What is not thought of until it departs?
• What is the best happiness?
• What makes one wealthy if it is cast away?
• What is greed?
• What covers all the world?
• What keeps a thing from discovering itself?
• What enemy cannot be overcome?
• What is honesty?
• How may peace be false?
• What is an incurable disease?
• Why are friends forsaken?
• What is envy?
• What is grief?
• What causes desire for possession?
• Who is in hell though he lives on earth?
• What is it that men call good fortune?
• Who is dishonest?
• What is hypocrisy?
• Kindness, profit, and desire are each hostile to the others. How may they be brought together?
• Who is truly happy?
• What is the greatest wonder of all?
• What is the rarest thing?
• What is true wealth?

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