Share Your World for September 14, 2020

Hey kids, what time is it? It’s Share Your Wo-orld time, It’s Share Your Wo-orld time… As always, Melanie has the questions and rules over at her place, and as has been the case for several weeks now, Roger has several Harry Potter-type questions, based this week on Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. So, here we go…

You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete? Clean my office and wash the floors.

At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase? The levitation pills. I’d be like Ed Wynn in Mary Poppins.

In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it? I’d hold my nose and close my eyes, and take a drink…

You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need? I’d use it. I can always use a boost.

Now, our regularly-scheduled questions…

If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place? Why? With the world the way it is today, where anything you say will gravely offend someone’s (or some group’s) delicate sensibilities and can and will be used against you in a court of law, probably a worse place. Unless, of course, we can agree that no matter how stupid, obnoxious, or offensive someone’s speaking their mind is, we won’t take it personally, in which case it’d probably be a good thing. I’m skeptical of that ever happening…

Can achieving nothing make a person happy? I had a friend in college (who was also a friend in grammar school — I didn’t see him in high school) who decided to take a quarter (i.e. winter quarter 1976) and just exist. He got a job scooping ice cream and making cones at lunchtime for his classmates. He came back in spring quarter with more focus and a better idea of why he was there. His idea was to have a quarter where he accomplished nothing, and did it, which ironically was an accomplishment. I think it’s too hard not to achieve something, even if it’s something you wish you hadn’t. I look back at twenty years I spent wotking at the same company and feel like it was all meaningless and that I should have been more aggressive and changed jobs more frequently, and that by staying put I stagnated, but then I realize that I accomplished quite a bit in those twenty years, and that was an achievement. This was all building up to something, and now I can’t remember what that was… oh yeah! It’s really hard to go through life and not achieve anything. Achieving something that it turns out was a waste of time is still an achievement, just not the one you wanted.

How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them? When you try to imagine your life without them, and you can’t.

See you in the funny papers!

18 thoughts on “Share Your World for September 14, 2020

  1. I love your last answer. That is the best answer, I think. I agree with levitations because who wants that handshake. I would take the good luck for myself and I would use the wand for dusting and washing floors. I would use that love potion on my husband to give him an extra boost:). As for speaking one’s mind, I like to do this but I choose when it is the right time to do it. I don’t think it is right to have everyone say what is on their mind because that could lead to a whole bunch of bad things happening.


    1. People have to be so careful these days when speaking their mind, don’t they? I’m glad you liked the answer to the last one because I don’t know how many times I wrote an answer then deleted it and wrote a new one…


  2. I stopped at the “if everyone spoke their mind…” and attempted to insert some rationale, directed at our present times. I had to give up, mainly because people are no longer speaking to get their particular points across, it’s all out verbal warfare out there! And that troubles me because I doubt if we will ever get back to any healthy type of discussions and people will become less thin-skinned at every turn. Everyone just wants to denigrate the issue at hand and demonize the person expressing their opinion.


    1. It’s like the old Monty Python sketch about the argument clinic, only with a whole lot more emotion behind it. We’ve been conditioned to become violently emotional when someone disagrees, or worse, when someone says or does something that offends our delicate sensibilities, and to lash out with ad hominem attacks and screaming. We need to grow up and learn again that just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean that you can’t like them or live in the same world with them. Thanks for your comment!


  3. Thanks John for Sharing Your World and some amazing answers! Dick Van Dyke….wow! That takes me back…he flew above the chimney tops… heheh . Your answer to the marriage question was lovely. Your wife and you must be very good together! ☺ Perhaps that ‘love potion #9″ you took a sip of was handy after all…and you avoided the cop! Good job !


    1. I think sometimes that you just get this notion that spending the rest of your life with someone would improve it tremendously. I know that’s what I felt with Mary.


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