by Duane Bristow
Answer with a number on a scale of 1 to 10 - 1 is no - 10 is yes
For instance on question # 1, "Do you have clean air to breathe?"
1 would indicate that there is no air to breathe.
10 would indicate that there is sufficient good quality air.
numbers between 1 and 10 would indicate that either the air is
insufficient or of poorer than optimum quality.
- Do you have clean air to breathe?
- Do you have clean water to drink?
- Do you have good and nourishing food to eat?
- Do you get adequate sleep?
- Do you feel that you can think clearly?
- Are you healthy as opposed to sick or handicapped?
- Are you able to get daily exercise?
- Do you usually feel energetic as opposed to tired or run down?
- Do you have an adequate home with things needed for daily living?
- Do you feel safe in your person, family, community, nation, work and health?
- Do you have friends, family and companionship (with good sexual relations)?
- Do you feel free to move and express yourself?
- Are you living in a good place (environment)?
- Are you stimulated to live, learn and enjoy life?
- Do you feel good about yourself and respected by others?
- Are you confident in yourself and in your future?
- Are you satisfied with the work you do for a living?
- Do you feel knowledgeable about living and life and are you learning?
- Do you have enough time to get done what you want and need to do?
- Do you help others?
- Do you have fun in life (and a sense of humor)?
- Do you see and hear and feel and smell and taste good things in life?
- Do you feel comfortable in life and in control of your destiny?
- Do you feel your life has meaning? (What is the purpose of your life?)
- Have you realized or are you realizing your life goals?
- Do you have happy memories of the past?
There are 26 questions so the total of your answers should be between
26 and 260.
This is a questionnaire designed to get a handle on your overall world view and
Each item below begins with a statement and you are asked to what extent you
agree with that statement. Use a number to signify your degree of agreement.
Numbers used should range from 1 to 10 with 1 meaning you strongly disagree
with the statement and 10 meaning you strongly agree.
- In making a moral decision or judgement I know what is right and
wrong and have no trouble making such decisions as opposed to having trouble
making these decisions because I am unsure if these matters are that clear
- In making life or business decisions I am immediately sure of the
right decision and march confidently forward as opposed to feeling that I
often do not have sufficient information to make the correct decision and
often must do more research or gather more data before feeling confident in
- I believe that the world I live in was created by a being higher than
myself and I and the world as a whole are being guided toward some ultimate
purpose unknown to me by this higher power as opposed to believing that I am
an insignificant being existing in a world created by random forces according
to natural laws.
- I believe that a higher being, in carrying out some ultimate plan for
the world, chooses certain people to be leaders and gives them extraordinary
authority and powers to carry out the will of that higher being thus exalting
them above the ordinary people as opposed to believing that people are all
equally insignificant in the universe and must work together to achieve goals
- I believe that my people and my country are the best in the world and
are superior to most, if not all, others and that the world would be a better
place if everyone followed our example.
- I believe that the ultimate destiny of our world is for the best as
opposed to believing that the world we know is destined for a bad sudden or
slow demise at some unknown time in the future.
- I believe that the decisions we make both individually and
collectively will greatly influence the future of our world as opposed to
believing that our destiny is predetermined or beyond our control.
- I believe that people should make and carry out plans for their
ultimate goals in life as opposed to just letting life happen and going along
for the ride being happy in the present.
- I believe that the environment in which we live was created for the
use of mankind as opposed to believing that mankind is just one more
evolutionary experiment by an indifferent universe.
- I believe that my life is insignificant as compared to the ultimate
purpose of the universe and that I should sacrifice myself or my happiness or
my family, if necessary, for the overall purposes of my creator or my country
or my leaders.
- I believe that I have a soul which is a part of me apart from my
physical body that will exist even past the death and destruction of my
- I believe that I am imperfect in the eyes of a higher being and thus
should always strive to do as I feel directed by this higher being so that I
can be forgiven for my imperfection.
- In cases of deciding what I believe I am greatly influenced by the
people and culture around me as opposed to doing independent research and
deciding for myself what is most likely or best.
- I believe that the highest purpose of life is to serve my culture and
my God as opposed to living my life for my own happiness and that of my
- I believe that I know or can learn from my neighbors or my religion
all that is really necessary for me to know in life as opposed to always
trying to learn more and believing that most things are unknown.
- I believe that sex, other than for the purpose of procreation, is dirty
and a reminder of the imperfection of man as being more like the animals than
his true nature which is to be god like, therefore I feel guilt due to my
animalistic sexual urges.
- Women are made to be subservient to men and it is largely due to their
influence that men often have impure thoughts.
- I will eat most anything as opposed to those who are finicky eaters and
will not eat meat or will try to eat only organically grown foods.
- I am suspicious of the motives and purposes of strangers and those
who are not like myself and my neighbors. I am afraid they might be planning
to try to take what we have.
- I believe that it is more important that I work to gain wealth and
power as soon as possible than that I concentrate on enjoying life now.
- I am happy to work each day to support my family and enjoy my
possessions and be entertained as opposed to studying and learning throughout
- The opinions of my neighbors about me and about the world are very
important to me in forming my own world view.
- I am a self made person and have worked hard for what I have and owe
no one for it as opposed to those who think they owe their society or their
government for providing the infrastructure in which they labor.
- If any among us should criticize our way of life or question our
beliefs they should be punished or banned and sent to live elsewhere.
- My beliefs are so obvious and self-evident that I cannot understand
why anyone would not be able to see the truth of them.
- If others are not as successful as I have been it is because they are
not as smart or willing to work as hard as I have and therefore I should not
be expected to help them.
It is said that the past determines the present and the present determines the
future. If this is true then we in the present can determine the future by
our actions. So our actions should be decided in light of the future we want
to exist. In other words, our collective imaginations and the resulting
actions can shape the future in which we will live.
So, with that in mind, what future do you want?
Here are a few statements that you can answer on a scale of one to ten as to
whether you agree with the statement. 1 means that you agree completely. 10
means that you disagree. Of course numbers between 1 and 10 indicate the
degree to which you disagree with the statement.
- I want a religious rather than a secular future.
- I want a future in which we have conquered nature and extracted as
much wealth as possible from the natural world rather than a future in which
we coexist with nature and preserve and protect our natural environment and
- I want a school system based on religion rather than on science.
- I think schools should teach life skills such as consumer skills and money
management, vocational skills, civic skills, meal planning and preparation,
health, sex education, and child care and rearing.
- I think there should be an emphasis on history, geography, economics, literature
and the arts in schools.
- There should be education in study skills and languages and communication.
- Education should be "spoon fed" rather than "hands on".
- I want a church based on promulgating and coercing religion rather than on
community cohesiveness and social relations and caring for others.
- I don't think a significant proportion of national wealth should be
assigned to research and infrastructure.
- I don't think a significant proportion of national wealth should be
assigned to child care and education.
- I want a government that provides few services and regulations.
- I want an economic system based on wealth and ego rather than based on
humility and sharing.
- Success of governing should be based on Gross Domestic Product rather than
on Gross National Happiness.
- Health care and insurance against natural disasters should not be provided
- Environmental protection is not a proper governmental function.
- The government should not try to develop alternate energy sources.
- It is not the function of the government to support unwed mothers.
- Our society should not spend resources to treat and care for criminals and
the mentally ill or disabled and the unemployed and the aged and children.
- Rule should be by learned leaders or by leaders chosen by God as opposed
to rule by those chosen by the common people.
- Women should have less influence in leadership roles in the future and
women should be more tightly controlled.
- I want my country to be dominant in the future rather than coexisting with
others as a part of a world consensus.
- The future health of the people of the world is more dependent on advances
in medical technology than on culture and life styles.
- We don't need to make changes in our habits of diet, eating and drinking.
- There is not an over emphasis on personal cleanliness in our world.
- Antibiotics are not overused?
- People do not need more sleep or more exercise or more alone meditation
- Recreational drug use should be discouraged.
- People do not spend too much time watching screens.
- Sexual stimulation in our culture should be discouraged.
- Monogamy is better than promiscuity or swinging or open marriage or group
- Government should regulate morals rather than leaving that to the
individual or church or peer group.
- There is no danger of institutions such as churches and businesses and others
becoming too big and size of institutions should not be regulated.
- Increasing population growth is a blessing not a curse.
- With increasing work being performed by computers and robots there is no
need to shorten the standard work week.
- Sin is a problem.
If you want to influence the future you must take actions to support policies
that will further your positions taken in the questions above.
Answer with a number on a scale of 1 to 10 - 1 is an emphatic no - 10 is a resounding yes
- Do you have a well balanced diet without excessive calories or carbohydrates?
- Do you smoke cigarettes or use other drugs harmful to your physical well being?
- Do you exercise equivalent to walking at least three hours per week?
- Do you recycle and otherwise try to protect and improve the environment in
which you live; for example by striving for a low carbon footprint?
- Do you have a good basic understanding of the principles of science, math, history, geography, language, writing, finance and family living skills?
- Do you have a philosophy of life consistent with your world view?
- Do you have a good working knowledge of government and current affairs at the local, state or provincial, national and world levels?
- Do you have friends and a social life and a good sexual relationship?
- Do you think you do enough to help those less fortunate than you?
- Do you have a program of continuing your education and learning new things?
- Have you written or created anything lately?
- Have you traveled enough to appreciate the diversity in the world?
- Do you do any activities regularly to exercise your mind?
- Do you stop along life's way to smell the roses?
- Do you get enough sleep that you usually feel rested afterwards?
- Would you describe yourself as often or generally happy in the present moment?
Man is a social animal:
There were two stories on a recent night's NBC nightly news which I saw as
illustrations of this fact:
One story was about a soldier who was being awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor due to his risking his own life numerous times by darting back into the
line of enemy fire to drag his wounded or dead comrades to safety.
The other was about a twelve year old girl who committed suicide by jumping
off a water tower due to her being harassed by her classmates on social media
such as Twitter and Facebook where they repeatedly over a long period of time
told her she was of no value and they hoped she would die.
I saw a common thread here. It is that, in each case, the person saw their
personal value in terms of their relationship to others. The soldier valued
his relationship with and the lives of his comrades more than he valued his
own life. The girl decided that her life was worthless if her classmates
thought it was.
I conclude that at least many of us are not autonomous but see our existence
and value in terms of our social relationships.
Here are a few statements that you can answer on a scale of one to ten as to
whether you think the statement applies to you. 1 means that the statement
describes you exactly. 10 means that it does not describe you at all. Of
course numbers between 1 and 10 indicate the degree to which you think the
statement does apply to you.
- I learn new things and form opinions by reading and doing independent
study as opposed to learning by talking to my peers in my social groups and
learning from them.
- I am able to entertain myself by doing things such as jogging or hiking or
watching TV or reading alone as opposed to needing to be in a group to be
entertained. I am as happy alone as with others.
- I often eat in a restaurant alone as opposed to being more comfortable
eating in the company of others.
- I do not feel the need to be in constant communication with others.
- It does not bother me if I do not see another person or speak to anyone
for several days at a time.
- I usually sleep alone.
- I often have sex alone.
- I would rather work alone as to work as a member of a group or team.
- I do not attend church or social club meetings on a regular basis.
- I do not use Facebook or Twitter or other social media on the internet.
It is suggested that these questionnaires might be the basis of a group
discussion for a school class or a club meeting or a seminar of some type.
One way of doing this would be to schedule each questionnaire for a separate
session? The audience would first be asked to write their answers to each
question on a piece of paper which they would keep to use in the subsequent
After the questions had been answered the group would take up each question in
turn. For each question, the audience would be asked to indicate by a show of
hands how many answered with a number less than 6.
In the third and last phase, for each question a volunteer from the audience
who answered the question in one more extreme way would be asked to explain
his answer followed by an explanation by a volunteer who answered in the
opposite more extreme way. This would then be followed by a general
discussion by all those who wanted to speak on the subject. Probably a good
rule would be to disallow interruption of someone speaking until they
completed their statement at which time they could answer any questions from
It is hoped that such a structure could lead to lively discussions and maybe
some deep thought and learning to look at things in a new perspective by many
of the participants.