Conversation Starters. How Well Do You Know Yourself, Your Family, Your Partner, Your Friends?
I was recently reminded of the Harvard regional accent quiz that can pinpoint where someone lives in the United States (or where they were raised or by whom.) Years ago and just for fun, I had family members, including in-laws and their family members, take the online test during a holiday gathering. It led to a great conversation about our parents and grandparents and how speech patterns are based on the people that surround us.
I decided to look for the test and it is no longer offered by the Harvard researchers, but the questions are still available from another source. I wondered about other aspects of personality/beliefs and if they can be "quizzed." I've personally taken each of the quizzes listed here. They are mostly scientific and do not have correct answers. Your answer is the correct answer. After spending an evening taking these quizzes I've come to the conclusion that the questions themselves go the very essence of who a person is, far more than any dating app!
Take each of these quizzes for yourself and see the results!
Regarding empathetic responses to fictional stories, Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued in 1758:
In giving our tears to these fictions, we have satisfied all the rights of humanity without having to give anything more of ourselves; whereas unfortunate people in person would require attention from us, relief, consolation, and work, which would involve us in their pains and would require at least the sacrifice of our indolence, from all of which we are quite content to be exempt. It could be said that our heart closes itself for fear of being touched at our expense. In the final accounting, when a man has gone to admire fine actions in stories and to cry for imaginary miseries, what more can be asked of him? Is he not satisfied with himself? Does he not applaud his fine soul? Has he not acquitted himself of all that he owes to virtue by the homage which has just rendered it? What more could one want of him? That he practice it himself? He has no role to play; he is no actor.
Peace. Be Calm, Be Zen.
Re: Religion - How Many People in the World Follow...
Source - Wikipedia
Adherents in 2020
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Chinese traditional religion[c]
Ethnic religions excluding some in separate categories