The meaning of life, and other philosophical questions, for the next time you and your friends have good weed and time to kill.
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One of the pivotal moments of cannabis use is that feeling of “Woah, did I just decipher the meaning of life?” Once high, our thoughts can become so complex that we liken ourselves to Socrates. “Know thyself”— pfft, child’s play. Most questions are deceptively simple but with far-reaching implications, like the risk of falling into a hole of introspection, quitting your job, and moving to a monastery.
Debating matters of the universe is a pretty typical starting point: How did we get here? Was there a before, before all of this? Life on other planets? Maybe! Parallel universes? Only if I’m richer there! What is it like inside of a black hole? Kind of like my brain right now. Why do the good die young? Irrelevant! Speaking of…do we even matter? Does the fate of the earth rest on a giant turtle’s back? Wait, what?
Proceed with caution.
Is there a meaning to life? If so, what is it?
What harsh truths do you prefer to ignore?
What should be the goal of humanity?
If you could become immortal on the condition you would never be able to die or kill yourself, would you choose immortality?
What would you genetically change about humans to make them a better species?
What is reality if we all have a different perception of it?
How do you define consciousness?
Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness? (hint: this is the basis of solipsism)
How much does language affect our thinking?
If humanity was put on trial by an advanced race of aliens, how would you defend humanity and argue for its continued existence?
What’s the difference between justice and revenge?
If you could press a button and receive a million dollars, but one stranger would die, would you press the button? And if so, how many times?
If doing something good for others makes us feel good, can there ever be such a thing as pure altruism?
What is your definition of evil?
Einstein’s theory of general relativity helped humans better understand that space and time are actually connected in the ‘fabric’ of space-time. Right? (That’s not one of the questions, but we’re getting there).
About 13.8 billion years ago, our space-time fabric violently burst into existence. Most likely.
But what about before then?
If all the universe was condensed into a tiny dot (or didn’t exist at all), is there still time?
Are humans, therefore, the creators of time?
And if it is a man-made construct, can we escape or ignore it?
Why does time seem to stretch on and on when we’re kids, but fly by as adults?
Hopefully, you come to some conclusions before the weed runs out.