Hard to Imagine

What do you think?

Sometimes it's hard for people to imagine, and for some people all that they do is imagine. Anybody can think, and here's a modern day twist on what some famous people have thought in the past. What do you think? That's basically all that Greek philosophers did in their lifetime. Great names of classical Greek philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Epictetus. I suppose back in the times of ancient Greece these same gentlemen would have been known today as the ones who were thinking out of the box, or they're just really out there. Today it's hard to imagine sometimes that men like these actually made a living simply thinking with their minds, but they did back in those times. I wonder if these were the same gentlemen that said the world was flat, and that ships would sail off of the edge? They just simply reasoned questions that were asked of them or popped into their heads. They were the people who thought they knew everything in life, know it alls, and had all of the correct answers in life. Philosophy simply is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Really when you come right down to it anyone can ponder and answer age-old questions.

Back in the early part of the 1980s there was a very very funny movie that came out in the movie theaters called the "History of the World part one". In this movie there was a scene from ancient Greece where Mel Brooks, who posed as the king, jokingly referred to philosophers as B.S. artist. There was a sequel to that movie that came out which was called "History of the World part two". I'm sure it was just as funny but I never had the opportunity to see it. There's another hub on the Hub Pages as well that talks about the philosophers Aristotle vs. Plato on the dangers of poetry. If these two philosophers were that concerned about poetry then they certainly wouldn't even consider giving their approval to a fifth grade level haiku.

It's really not hard, and even you can be a philosopher, however it doesn't really pay all that much these days. You certainly couldn't make a very decent living at it, or even support a family while doing it unless you were living in your parent's basement apartment. I suppose it could be a second job, sort of like the Hub Pages is for some folks. Other then the full time staff at the Hub Pages, I doubt anyone out there is getting their sole income from this magical Internet source. Really, truly, the Hub Pages is all about fun anyway. Below are some questions to which there really aren't any correct answers. Anyone can think, so let's see just how good of a philosopher you can be, and what you can imagine.

These 18 questions really don't have any correct answers -

It's said that dreams are messages from your soul. Does this mean that a person who doesn't dream, has no sole?

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The age old question - What came first, the chicken or the egg?

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If the earth was to stop spinning, would we all gently float out into space?

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Can a person draw blood from a turnip?

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If you break a mirror, will you have bad luck for seven years?

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Will hanging a horseshoe upside down allow all of your luck to run out?

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Does what comes around always go around?

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Do you break your mother's back when you step onto a crack?

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Is the only stupid question the one that's never asked?

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Is a bird in the hand as good as two in the bush?

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Can somebody really make a mountain out of a mole hill?

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Can the color of a wooly worm really determine how hard a winter is going to be?

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Can a groundhog predict from it's shadow how much longer winter will last.

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Do certain people have black clouds following over them in life?

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Is there life after death?

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Is there other life out there in the universe?

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Can physics, palm readers, and mediums accurately predict the future?

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Finding a four leaf clover is supposed to bring you luck. But is it unlucky to take a four leaf clover from someone else?

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After I wrote this hub I actually saw my very first 5 leaf clover, no joke.
After I wrote this hub I actually saw my very first 5 leaf clover, no joke.

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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

Very thought provoking hub and interesting questions to ponder.


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Phil Perez 20 months ago

For your first question, I just want to correct your spelling. I think you meant *soul*.

Secondly, it's funny how you didn't mention Socrates since he's "The Father of Philosophy." But then that would contradict with the others because he was as poor as a homeless man despite him living until the age of 77.

All questions have correct answers, humans are just not smart enough/ignorant to answer them objectively.


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

Yes I was thinking that too about the first question..if my dreams were a message from the bottom of my foot :)


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Ericdierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Great stuff to ponder. Having a degree in philosophy has netted me millions, millions of what I do not know.


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TheHoleStory 20 months ago from Parsons, West Virginia Author

Thank you Phil for correcting me on the spelling of soul. I don't know what I was thinking. I corrected it, however I'm sorry but that deleted all of the first 4 answers to that question. So if you all are reading this then you might want to return and answer that question a second time. Thank you!


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Larry Rankin 20 months ago from Oklahoma

I had a lot of fun with your questions.


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Kevin Debler 20 months ago from Expansive Highlands of Michigan

This is a great and interesting article.

By the way, I have not answered question 17; but current physics can accurately predict certain aspects of the future.


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Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very interesting and thought provoking article. Most of us think about all these things in our lives. But, the difference between philosopher and ordinary man is that philosopher goes into the deep roots of thought provoking process whereas we simply think and satisfy ourself with some suitable answer that works out for us. We didn't go to the deep roots of whether it was hen or egg that came first.


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dahoglund 20 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I believe that wwe have neglected philosophy in the modern age. Science is a branch of philosophy but we often teach sciences without the roots of philosophy. As an Engineer friend of mine has said, if the knowledge behind science disappeared there would be no one around who could recreate it.


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Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I think sometimes I think too much. That's why it takes me so long to fall asleep at night. My husband tells me I don't think when I make a mistake, lol. So I have to ask myself, which is it, do I think too much or not enough? Oh well. I guess we all have that problem sometimes. An interesting subject.

Have a Blessed Eater.


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lollyj lm 20 months ago from Washington KS

Enjoyed this hub immensely. Great mix of humor and information and I enjoyed answering the questions. Well done!!


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Matt Easterbrook5 20 months ago from Oregon

Very nice hub and intetesting. I agree that there is life on othet planets. Keep up the,creative writing.


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Ms Olga 20 months ago from London

I have always hated the word Philosophy and its context / definition...but I am open mind person so good to read other people opinions ! it does help to understand better!


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offornagoro king 20 months ago from live in Nigeria

Oooooo you are awesome I like the questions is interesting is givimg me fresh thoughts


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monia saad 19 months ago from In my Dream

Philosophy has always been the path of my interest and I always like to understand Socrates. But in our time it has become different. Do I ask myself if Socrates lived in this era you had will be interested in philosophy as well? I spent a great time with questions and thank you

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