Here we are. Monday again. Still feeling a little down in the dumps, but I’ma try to make this as upbeat as possible. Bear with me, dear reader. Rome was not built in a day. For those who are unfamiliar with the whole “Share your world” business, head over to Melanie’s blog and it will fill you in on what’s what. On to this week’s questions.
Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
One of my favorite gifts that Harry Potter received came from the Weasley Twins; and was “Mrs. Mooney’s Marauder’s Map”. This magical document showed every classroom, hallway and secret corner in all of Hogwarts. It also showed you the location- by name- of every person in Hogwarts. If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it? I might use it for a moment or two, but once the novelty wore off, I’d put it away. I mean, I’m not a great explorer, so I have no need to go into every nook and cranny of my town. And I don’t know a lot of people, so I have no need to see where they are at any given time. I had an app on my phone once that showed me all of the known stars of our galaxy. It was pretty nifty because I could stargaze any time, day or night. I liked it and used it a lot… for about a week. Then I forgot about it and never used it again. I think the Marauder’s Map would be as awesome for about as long. I have no idea whom I would give it to once it lost its fascination for me.
When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight? I don’t believe I’ve ever had a snowball fight. I grew up in California. We didn’t have snow. By the time I moved anywhere that had snow, the people I knew were not inclined to snowball fights. I can’t remember when I last made a snowball, but I do remember making at least one. I threw it at a snowman I’d built. He did not return fire.
Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself? I did not have godparents as that is mostly a religious thing and my parents were irreligious. My mom was an Atheist and my dad just did not care. I am not a godparent as I’m also not a religious person. I’m Agnostic. And as I mentioned, this is mostly done in religious communities.
You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go? To a secret chamber. I can’t tell you about it. It’s a secret.
Muggle Questions (of a more philosophical bent this week):
Is intelligence or wisdom more useful? I’m going to answer this with a joke. An old joke.
So a helicopter was lost in Seattle, right? An electrical malfunction had somehow shorted all of their navigation and comm equipment. And it was cloudy and hazy so the pilot couldn’t pinpoint their position to fly to the airport. So they see a tall building with people in it, and the copilot gets the attention of the people in the building and holds up a sign that says, “Where are we?” The people confer with each other and one of them holds up a sign that says, “You are in a helicopter.” The copilot was then able to guide the helicopter where they needed to go. The pilot asked him, “How did you know where to go from there?” The pilot said, “Oh that was the Microsoft building.” The pilot said, “But how could you tell from just that sign?” The pilot said, “Because the answer to my question, while technically correct, was completely useless.”
An intelligent person would have been, “Yeah, I know I’m in a helicopter.” like the pilot. I mean the pilot was obviously not a stupid person because he can fly a helicopter. I can’t fly a helicopter. The world needs intelligent people to fly helicopters, and to code computers (like the people in the Microsoft building), because without them, we wouldn’t be here today, writing blogs and reading them — among other things. But the wise person, like the co-pilot, knows how to take the information given to them and use it to their advantage. So neither is more useful. The world needs both.
How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life? As the old saying goes, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. As with everything, it’s about balance. Too much play and no work makes Jack homeless. Says me. So, to answer the question, play is a big part in a healthy and fulfilling life, but too much play, like anything else, is unhealthy. Moderation is everything. It’s not easy to find a that balance, I know, but what you do? I mean, play means different things to different people. For some it’s physical contact sports like football and for me, I’m good with just going to the park and sitting while others mill about me. Also, I like video games, and sometimes, just for the fun of it, I’ll delve into old books online and edit the html code to make it more readable. That’s fun to me. I guess it’s anything that makes you unwind, dear reader. Even if it’s reading ancient tomes. Some might find it tedious, but hey, if you like it, go for it. I remember when I was working, I’d sometimes go deep diving into a company’s database on my down time. I felt guilty about it because it wasn’t what I was hired to do, but I wasn’t doing anything else, and it kept my mind occupied, and I *gasp* enjoyed it. So yeah… play. Otherwise the workday would have been unbearable.
Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more? I dunno. It’s much like love I guess. What brings me happiness isn’t the same as what brings you happiness, dear reader. I mean, I love the taste of coffee in the morning, and a lot of people do, but Doug doesn’t. He’s not a coffee drinker. His happiness is being able to sleep most of the day if he can get away with it. I can’t even imagine sleeping that long. But that’s what he likes. And I like my cup o’ joe in the morning. I also take my coffee black with no sugar, while others prefer theirs with sugar and cream. That’s how I used to take mine too — a little coffee with my cream and sugar, so tastes change. What brings us happiness fluctuates with the times and age. Some people revel in chaos, and others want things to remain the same their entire life (not gonna happen, life is change).