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How Different Are We? A Group Participation Exercise Regarding Our Social Differences and Similarities

Updated on March 30, 2013
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RIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


The purpose of this article is clearly stated in the title. How different are we? It has always been my contention that our commonalities far outnumber our differences, and that if we could just concentrate on those commonalities we might somehow stumble closer to peace on earth.

To prove my theory, I am enlisting the brilliant writing community of HubPages. I am going to ask a general question and then collect the responses. I will then write a follow-up article using the responses as proof that we really are all the same in many ways.

The question is not a deep-searching question. In fact, it is simplistic in nature, having to do with an aspect of life that we all understand.

Are you ready? Write your responses in the comment section and if you could also tell me where you are from that would be helpful. I will collect the answers and then write an article based on the responses.

The Question: What is the most important thing in life for you? In other words, what one thing would you rather not live without?

As an added bonus for participating in this experiment, you do not have to read a long, 1,500 word article because you see, friends, this article is finished. The rest will be written by you.

Thank you for your help.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I live in Arizona but was born in Cleveland, Ohio. This is a tough question because aside from the single most important thing are several that come in second place. My first important thing is my health, because without it nothing else works. To me feeling good everyday and waking up with energy and enthusiasm is where it is at. So mental, physical and emotional good health take priority.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Good morning Billybuc and happy easter. I bet my response will be similar to most peoples. By far and away the most important thing to me is my family. I look forward to your follow up article. I live in BC Canada.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, that's perfect and I appreciate you taking the time to answer. Great answer and I'm sure you won't be alone....thank you and Happy Easter!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Sheri and thank you! I just want you to know that I really like you and think you are a good person. I have no reason for telling you that other than the fact that good people need to know that they are appreciated. Have a wonderful Easter weekend my friend.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      I live in Northeastern Tennessee. My answer would be my relationship with my savior Jesus Christ and God the father. Without him, I would not be here and would have nothing. He is my rock, my hope for the future, and above all my savior. Wishing you a great Easter Bill.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      All things being equal, that is to say, good health is on board and I have God on whom I can lean

      ...what is most important to me are the human contacts that I have beginning with my family. If I had to live without the daily contact that I have with others I think I should wither up and blow off to the four winds. It is from those earthly Angels that I draw much of my strength and wisdom and support.

      I know your article will be wondrous...can hardly wait to read it... sending Angels all the way to you and yours this a.m. Have a lovely lovely weekend. :) ps

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      My answer is: my family. Family represents my past, present, and future and is the most important thing in my life. Family is forever. I am writing from Iowa.

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Love and integrity are kneck and kneck for me, Sir. I'm from Louisville, Kentucky. Happy Holiday, Mr. Holland.

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      Zipper 4 years ago from United States

      I live in North Carolina. The most important thing in life to me is LOVE!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. Thank you my friend and a very Happy Easter to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you so much for a great response. I wish you a magical weekend of love and good health.

      Blessings and a hug coming your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drpennypincher, I did not know you were from Iowa. That's where my family is from. Thank you for your response and have a wonderful and peaceful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rod, I thank you for taking part in my little experiment. Have a great weekend my friend and please, call me Bill, as all my friends do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zipper, thank you! That would have been my answer as well. Have a great weekend.

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Hi Bill! I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to read HUBs but you're article caught my eye. What could I not live without? My smart ass anwer would be food and water. My heart answers, compassion. Without love and compassion humanity would never survive. Thank you again for getting our minds buzzing this afternoon.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, feel free to toss a little smart ass my way. Heaven knows I have a bit of the smart ass in me. LOL Thank you for your response my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Jamaica. Being Happy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Short and sweet, Art! Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, your first paragraph got the contrarion in me. I really always thought of myself as too unique, that anyone could be like me. I know that is wrong, but it is what it is. Here is the upside. I really love diversity in people. Please do not ever take that love away. I would not want to live without it.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      I love your idea for the article about our similarities and differences. I live in Arkansas and Colombia, and I would say that the most important thing in my life that I wouldn't want to live without would be my family and my faith in God's love.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This is a tough one, because the most important thing in life for me is love, but the one thing I would rather not live without is indoor plumbing.

      You know my name. Look up the number.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      So you've finally cracked it. Forget guest blogging and commenting get the HP community to write your articles for you. Genius. I'd take my hat off to you if I had one.

      Just on another thing "what's the story with the 65+ character title". Have you got inside with Mr. Big G. If so share the love. On a reduced commission of course.

      Also a 1,500 word article. I thought that was called a book. I know, silly Grease Monkey.

      So first things first and all that. I live in the back of beyond as you know and it is the back of beyond but I've taught the grizzly bears to stop eating the Leprechauns so the camp fire sing-along is much friendlier and smells so much better. Those Leprechauns and their beans.

      So what can I not live without? Well someone whom you know well would obviously say, "My cars, My bikes and My spanners" but she would let me keep the DIY tools. Women eh! Priorities eh!

      The simple honest answer is of course the love of my life and my soul mate. The one person who knows my thoughts and moods before even I do. My real other half, the better half and my right arm (well I am left handed).

      Most people in life find a partner but not so many find a true soul mate. Those of us who have been lucky enough to find such a soul mate would in the blink of an eye fell anyone who would seek to do them harm.

      Can I live life without my Suzie? Of course I can but it would be such a poor excuse for a life that I dare not think about it.

      My greatest fear is leaving this earth before my Suzie.

      MJ.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Creative genius at work again. lol

      Most important to me is knowing that each and every member of my family is safe and cared for. If all my wishes came true, they would also be healthy but life is not perfect always. So, I am satisfied when I know everyone is safe. There is little that I cannot live without (excepting air and water) but to feel loved satisfies the most primal need. And I do so life is good. Wishing you love too my friend.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, you are always the 'teacher'. And, a darn good one, at that.

      I come from a fractured family, with a dark and ugly past. Prescription drugs, for my mother, and alcohol for my father. Physical abuse, shame and guilt were my daily companions. Fighting for survival was

      all I knew.

      I was desperately in need of help when Jesus came into my life.

      My situation did not change, but I felt I had someone in my corner.

      Sadly, my emotional growth was stunted; my spiritual growth was summons to take its place.

      "What a child does not receive, he can seldom later give." ~ P. D. James

      As an adult, what I truly desired was a happy home live. But, I did not have the tools to make it happen. Once divorced, twice married. The

      physical abused has been replaced by verbal abuse.

      Currently, the verbal abuse is being repressed; until the next time.

      Regrettably, all I have are disconnected components that could loosely be referred to as a family.

      So, I still long for that beautiful, "loving family".

      Maybe in my next life.

      DJ.

      We winter in Ft. Myers, FL., and summer in Louisville, KY.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      I look forward to reading this article when it is finished. I am from Missouri. The most important thing in life for me is my family, they are my world! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I love diversity too....let's see how the article turns out before I toss it on the scrap pile. :) Thank you my friend and have a blessed and happy weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I really appreciate you taking the time to help me with the article. I hope you like the finished product. Thank you and have a great Easter weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, what would I do without you? You can bet the plumbing line will be in the hub. LOL Have a great weekend my Dunedin Dynamo!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mickester, now what are we to do? You have given me a serious answer and I'm not sure what to do with it. LOL Seriously, that was beautiful and echoes how I feel about my Bev. By God, man, let's end this seriousness right now and return to our shallow attempts at humor. :)

      Thank you my friend. Give Suzie a hug for me and have a great Easter weekend.! Is there anyone on the streets in Ireland on Easter Sunday?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, so good to see you my dear. Creative genius? More like laziness! LOL I'm letting all of you write the hub for me and then I'll take credit for it all. You gotta love it!

      Thank you for your answer dear lady. Have a great Easter weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, a brutally honest answer and I thank you for it. You have not had an easy road, have you? And yet look at you and the support that you give to me and others. Have I said thank you lately? Well I mean it.....loving family? How about the loving family of HubPages? Not quite the same, but you and others like you are my extended family and I care very much about all of you.

      Thank you my friend. Have a blessed Easter weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I could have predicted that answer from you, and I say that with a great deal of respect and admiration. Thank you so much!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Billy, I was born and raised in Miami, Florida and have lived here my entire life. My parents are Cuban. They have been living in the United States for over 45 years now. I value a number of things. For instance, family, health, love and companionship are very important to me. However, comfort, stability and security are three things that I value most. What a creative hub Billy. I love how you make me think out of the box. Excellent question. Wishing you and Bev a very Happy Easter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Doc, for your detailed answer and explanation. I appreciate you taking the time to do this. Have a wonderful Easter weekend my friend.

      Hugs and friendship coming your way,

      bill

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      One thing I cannot live without: peace---peace of mind. I am useless to my loved ones without it. It is why I would like to work for world peace, because families need peace to function and grow.

      I grew up in New Jersey but live in the Chicago area now.

      P.S. I think rasta1's answer is awesome!!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Interesting survey. Though, if I have to be honest, I would say I can't live without money, for without it, how would I be able to pay the bills, support a family, etc.?

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I grew up in Rhode Island and live in Massachusetts. The one thing I could not live without is family. Second would be Italy :) Just joking. Without family what do we have? Nothing. Look forward to the Hub on this topic.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      It's amazing the things I have found that I can, have, and do live without. The one thing that I know causes me the most distress when it is absent from my life is human contact - whether that be loving relationships or not. I don't think we are meant to be alone ... at least, I'm not.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Billy, I haven't read the comments - don't want them to have an effect on my thoughts...

      So here is my answer: I am from South Africa and the most important things in my life is the people I love. First my children and grandchildren, mother, siblings, then rest of my relatives and friends. Some of my friends are more important than my relatives (extended family), i.e. my boyfriend and closed girlfriends...

      Everything else is sub-ordinate...

      I look forward to your article...

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Bill, for me it is peace of mind. If I have this, it means either all is well with everyone and everything I hold dear or that I can survive and be useful when it is not. I've lived all across Canada and in Ireland but am home now on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.

      I'm looking forward to reading the next hub and didn't read anyone's comments except Martie's... it was right there looking at me :)

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      RoryColgan 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I am most concerned with being better today than I was yesterday. Subjective, I know, but so is most of my life. Louisville, KY

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      wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Hmmm,,, this is an easy one. Love! The love for my daughter, grandson, boyfriend and family. I could not live without their love for me or mine for them. It is what makes me get up everyday. I know it may sound sappy and a little hippy-ish, but without love, you have nothing. Some material things are essential in order to have shelter and food, but I can survive without owning a home, or driving a flashy car and owning a 'Coach' handbag. I would happily live in a shoe box and eat at the local soup kitchen for the rest of my life in exchange for a lifetime of love! Cumberland, Rhode Island. I'm looking forward to your hub and also did not look at the other comments! Heading there now though to see how I did!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ok, I think you know my answer and it is pretty simple (the reason I wasn't here until now today), because what is most important to me is Kevin and my girls. For instance, today we had the best day and getting to see something through y girls eyes (going to a movie for the very first time). The best part of this experience was not only seeing the excitement on their faces, but being told by Emma that this day was "awesome"!! Simply put family is what it is all about. Happy Ester again Bill and hope you weekend has been great so far!!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Good health is paramount for me so I can enjoy a loving family ... and chocolate!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, thanks for stopping by my loyal friend, and I love your answer. I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, that's what I want is honesty. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it's hard to argue with that choice. In fact, I won't even try. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, there was a time I thought I could live alone but that was just silly meanderings of the mind. I need people and loving relationships.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, that would be my answer as well. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alex. I'll post the follow-up article on Tuesday. :) Happy Easter!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rory, subjective or not, a great answer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I would have guessed that one. The first movie with the girls....great experience my friend. You have a right to be excited.

      Thank you and again, Happy Easter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj.....LOL...the chocolate got me. Now there is an honest answer. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wildove, you can sound hippy-ish all you want. I'm a child of the 60's and I love....love. Great answer and I thank you for it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think the most important aspects in my life are family and friends, followed closely is good health and peace of mind and laughter. There was a time in my life when i found it difficult to be happy. I might add that contentment is right up there on top. I have celiac disease, so in all honesty, a cheeseburger on a big fat bun would make me a happy camper..Cheers..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love your answer....and a cheeseburger would be near the top of my list as well. Thank you my friend and Happy Easter.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I live in San Francisco. My answer, now, is my wife.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, for me the most important thing is to have family and friends that love and care for me while I do the same for them. That would mean love, family and friends. And try to do a kind deed everyday.

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      Linda 4 years ago from Texas

      I can't imagine life without LOVE and FAITH... I know these are two very important elements in my life. Can't wait to read your finished article!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Originally from NYC, I moved to England in 1989.

      My first impulse was to say the usual things like money, a big house, lots of holiday etc. But the fact of the matter is without someone to share this with, it's so pointless.

      So I would have to say that the most important thing in the world to me is to love and be loved. Possessions come and go, but love is a joy forever and should be embraced as tightly as possible.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      My family, something I cannot imagine living without, without family I might technically be alive, but I am not sure if I could define a life without family as living.

      I am of mixed heritage, east and west, a guy, and currently living in Croatia.

      Curiosity is killing me, hope you write the article before I use up one of my nine lives.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Hi, my family is everyhing to me, I can't imagine a day without them.

      In fact they are my world and the feeling you get inside when you see them happy, can't be topped by anything for me.

      I am a Scottish soul and definately more interested in gaining spiritually than materially.

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      Tony 4 years ago from Ohio

      I'm in Cleveland Ohio, and like many others who've responded, my family is the one thing I couldn't live without, with health a close second. My family has stood by me thru thick and thin. I still have the same family while I've somehow managed to burn thru two wives :)

      I'm not surprised that most are answering this question similarly. I think you've asked a question with a pretty universal set of answers. It's also not a controversial question. Next question, make it a toughie!

      Happy Easter

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, I've thought about this in my usual plodding sort of way, and I think that love is actually an intrinsic part of every person, unless they happen to be a psychopath, when it is the missing part of that person. So love could theoretically be a part of emotional health. Naturally you need love to be able to care about others, so the love of family, whatever family that may be, is also a part of health. The five senses are what I would miss, and gee, they are part of physical health! So it seems to me that health, with all its aspects, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, is the most important thing to me.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great question, Billy, and the answer is quite simple...... Contentment! Being content with love, life, family, health.... Everything around me :)

      “Happiness is self-contentedness.” - Aristotle

      Lizzie, from CT

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Know me as you do, you know Deb's answer from Stillwater, OK: simply stated, the beauty of nature...

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      This is a great idea. I am happy to participate. I have always lived in Long Island, New York. For me, there is nothing that equals my need for my family and close friends. I especially want to note that everything I do, everything I don't do, everything I have ever done, and everything I want to do, including writing on Hub Pages is with my kids in mind. My family and friends and the unconditional support they give me has magnified my joys and diminished my sorrows. Nothing would have any meaning without the people I love around me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin! An excellent choice!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, a perfect summation of what is important in life. Thank you my friend and I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thank you so much! I will have the article out on Tuesday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I didn't know you were from NY.....anyway, excellent answer and I agree with you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ketage, remain living until Tuesday and I will have the article out for you. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, an excellent answer...and spiritual growth is all that matters to me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kyricus! I suspected the answers to be as there are, but that was the point I am trying to make. The next question will, indeed, be a bit tougher.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you dissected that question in a very logical manner and I thank you. Interesting to read about your thought process on this one. Thank you and Happy Easter to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, I love that quote by Aristotle....thank you for that and your answer and Happy Easter to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, no surprise there at all. Thank you and Happy Easter!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      toknowinfo, what a beautiful answer. You must be a writer. :) You captured the essence of parenthood and love perfectly. Thank you and Happy Easter.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      We are separate by our unique cultures and love makes us feel one and the same.

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      KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow, so many answers already. As this is Easter day, I only had time to read a few. Happy Easter, Everyone!

      I'm from Texas, and my answer is also my family. My husband and kids mean everything to me. I never knew I could love and be this loved, here on Earth.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Dateline Central Florida. In a nutshell, my family is most important to me. My son, parents, brother and sister and my niece. I know one day I will have to live without some of them, but I don't have to deal with that just yet.

      Close friends are important, too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it would be hard to argue with that choice. Thank you my dear and Happy Easter!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KT, lovely answer. Like you, I had no idea what love meant until I met my Bev. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice, DDE! Thank you!

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      The most important thing in my life is my wife, children, grandchildren and my sister. To be able to stay sober for the rest of my life! To have great health for my family and myself.

      I could not live without my family BUT I can live without alcohol right Bill. God Bless and Happy Easter my friend!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Right on, Mark! Sounds to me like your priorities are perfect. Thank you my friend and Happy Easter to you.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Hi Billy, happy Easter! I'm from Sri Lanka. For me the most important thing in my life is love for God and others which is meant to be shared.

      Take care and may God bless you!

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Love and friendship are the two most important things in my life... in other words, it's all about sharing with others as far as it concerns me!

      We are all unique but it is only through the others that we can live and enjoy a full life.

      Interesting idea, looking forward for the next article!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rd, thank you and Happy Easter to you. I love your answer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elias, thank you for your comment. I will post the other article Tuesday.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Well Bill coming in a little later than usual I have to say that the top thing for me that I can't do without is of course my health followed closely by love and happiness. Looking forward to your article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, you are never late my friend. Thank you for the response and I'll have that article for you tomorrow.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Without a doubt, my family is the mist important thing to me. I look forward to reading your follow-up article!

      Oh, I'm from Ontario, Canada by the way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathy! I appreciate you taking part in this exercise. The follow-up will be posted tomorrow.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What a great idea! Sorry to be late to the Par-tay! Whilst there a many things I would hate to be without (passion, sense of humor and compassion for others) they would be meaningless without my right-hand man by my side. Together 6 years I thank the day he came into my life turned it upside down, inside out and has been such a support to me and my family. My family I would hate to be without as we have always been close thankfully and I have so much admiration, love and respect for my parents of keeping us all on the straight and narrow (with a few twists along the way!). Suzie in the middle of nowhere in County Laois, Ireland in case you for forgot my friend!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, there is no way I would forget you my friend. I'm counting on your giving Bev and I a tour of Ireland and Italy one of these days.....and the Mickster says the same things about you. I love your relationship with him, as I love my relationship with Bev. We met five years ago and my life took a wonderful detour on that day. :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is a hard question Bill because everything is interlinked. My family is the most important to me but without my health I can't care of them or do the things I want to do for them, also without my health I could not do the things I enjoy doing most. My eyesight is my biggest problem and if I lost that I feel half my world would just close down. So I have to go with health.

      I was born in the UK now living in New Zealand

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, thank you for weighing in. I understand your answer and appreciate it. I hope you are well my friend, as Fall approaches your island.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, my health is one thing I would never want to give up. If I can't get up each morning on my own, hear the birds singing, watch the sky, feel the wind and understand the ways of nature while I smell the fresh air, then what else would matter? from the Southern Tier of New York State--Connie Smith (Grandma Pearl)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I didn't know your name was Connie. :) I missed that along the way. Well, Connie, thanks for taking part in my survey. I appreciate you more than you know.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Well, I've seen most of the answers as health, family, food, water etc. These are all the primary factors that define ourselves in our life. But, for a joke, I would give you the answer as "internet". I wouldn't have been able to write this answer if I didn't have internet and a Hubpages account. LOL!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Radhikasree....love the joke and it is very close to the truth. LOL Most of us would be lost without it.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, my paternal grandmother's name was Pearl. She taught me to feed the birds when I was very young. She and my Grandpa lived just down the rural road from us. They were both nature lovers. So as a tribute to them I use Grandma Pearl as my business name and my nom de plume!

      But I will answer to either name! ;) Pearl (Connie)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, I like Pearl...I'll probably stick with it because, in my book, you are a pearl. Thank you my friend.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Interesting experiement I must make sure I get back to see the followup.

      My answer is my family. The whole crazy bunch.

      Now if your looking for a mataerilistic thing.... the Internet! Totally.

      Now I must go bak and read the comments...is that cheating?! At least I answered first. ;)

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, there is no cheating and no right way at my site. Just do your own thing and know that I appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Well I thought really hard on this and it was a difficult thing to pick. I like in a place that is beautiful and God is all around me and Jesus is in my heart already. I have had several experiences with that. I don't have a car and not many neighbors which I feel safe to just go to their house to visit or call on the phone. I also have many cats and a dog in which I could not live without but ....not sounding materialistic or living in the sinful world that others claim materialistic is I would have to say that I could not live without a means to get on the internet. To me it is the only out to talk to others and we all need others. We only have one car...so my husband has to use that to get to his job.

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Debbie, a good and valid answer. I think I would be lost without the internet. I have met such great people on HP who are now my friends. I would miss not hanging out with them. Thanks for your input.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      I would say family but they are not things so my answer is I can't live without gratitude and thanks for my family and friends. I live in Toronto, Canada.

      I am looking forward to reading your findings.

      Have a good evening my friend. :)

      Voted up and away and sharing!

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      I live in San Francisco, California, born and raised. I would have to say my love for my family and friends. Love is of the utmost importance to me. Great hub and voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So many comments Bill! Mine is like many others' --my family-Hard to separate kids and husband in this regard--so family it is!

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      I look forward to your article regarding your research. The most important thing to me is my family and their well being.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, spoken like a true writer. I actually thought about that when I wrote the question....what are things and what aren't? Nice catch! :) Thanks for a great response and for your loyalty.

      Enjoy what's left of your evening.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joanne, we share the same answer....love is the most important thing in the world for me. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, it would be a lonely existence without family. As for the number of comments, I am blessed by a great number of good friends on HP. :) Thank you for being one of them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you justsilvie...the second part is posted and waiting for you.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      How interesting Bill. Can't wait to read the article.

      I live in Georgia, but I am a first generation Polish-American.

      I could live live without this, but I would never willingly choose to --

      the love and relationships with my family and friends.

      Blessings.

      Theresa

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      Peggy Salvatore 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic States US

      Family. Hands down! from Pennsylvania.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Hi Bill, this will be an interesting hub to read.

      For a short period of my life, many years ago, I had a very good friend. He asked me what I wanted to become. I told him I want to become happy. Being happy was the most important thing in my life. He said that it wasn't the answer he expected from me, but it made him smile.

      I still think the most important thing for me is to be happy.

      Hugs from Finland

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, I agree, I could live without it, but there sure wouldn't be much joy in doing so. :) Thank you!

      blessings to you and that lovely family of yours,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PeggyLou, thank you, from Olympia to you....you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, it is a good answer and I hope you have found it....or do soon. :) Thank you my Finnish friend....sending a hug to you.

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hmm. To me, obviously friends and family are top of the list and glancing at Made's reply, being happy is up there as well; even if I had ill-health, I suspect, I would adjust.....but I would have to say, I couldn't live without self-expression...it has sustained me through loss of family and even in very sad times...even through tough economical times.

      I know you didn't ask for second...but having love in my life comes a close second and that can include the love of a pet...just having someone to care and care for!

      I am from Canada, eh.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scribenet....eh??? LOL Love it, and I loved this answer. Self-expression...great answer. That was a first and I enjoyed hearing your reasons for it. Thank you!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Happiness is hard to find. You have to look in the right places. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you do indeed, and it usually starts inside. :) Keep searching...and if you ever need help in that search let me know.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Only one? Well, my world revolves around my faith in Christ, which helps me to balance me entire life and enjoy it each day (what would I do without my Ed to make this all complete?). Great post, Bill. Seems like you have stirred the inner wheels to expose what really makes us tick. Have a great evening.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I would expect no other answer from you than the one you gave. Thank you for being a part of this experiment. I think we have found our common bond.

      Have a blessed Sunday and thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hopefully this is not too late....Family is the most important thing to me and I would not want to live without at least one member of my family nearby. Dealing with my father lately has made me cherish it even more. Very intriguing hub Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you are never late to my party. Your answer mirrors many others and yes, dealing with an aging parent brings things into focus very quickly. :) Thank you my friend.

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