Daily Questions

December 13th, 2008

These are the five questions meditated upon each evening by the cadets at the Imperial Naval Academy.

  1. Hast thou not gone against sincerity?
  2. Hast thou not felt ashamed of thy words and deeds?
  3. Hast thou not lacked vigour?
  4. Hast thou exerted all possible efforts?
  5. Hast thou not become slothful?

Here they are on a postcard, with a photo of the Academy.

I know the questions are all phrased in the negative, but I kind of like it.  And these seem to me like a great way to evaluate how well or how fully we’re living our lives.

Anyone got a question to add?  To start, I’d suggest:  Hast thou not been unhelpful to others?

5 Responses to “Daily Questions”

  1. Lisa Kenney Says:

    I like this list. Maybe I’d add: Have you opened your heart and felt compassion for others?

    I had to shift it to our vernacular and remove the negative. It throws me off. I was afraid I’d screw up what I meant to say otherwise!

  2. John Lindquist Says:

    Hast thou not seen the good in others?
    Hast thou not appreciated the beauty around you?
    Hast thou not given thanks for your life?

  3. John Lindquist Says:

    Come to think of it, now that I’m fully awake, I’d take the “not” out of what I just added in order to go along better with your five questions. Guess the negative throws me off too. Maybe I could sum them up as:
    Hast thou finally awakened to why you’re here?

  4. Jen Forbus Says:

    I wonder why #4 veers from the negative? Yesterday I would have had a negative answer to that. I think I need to post these on my bedroom mirror to remind me!

    Since I believe strongly in the golden rule, my addition would be similar to that,”Hast thou done unto others as thou’d wish them do unto thou?” I guess that kind of encompasses some that are already there, huh?

  5. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Sorry to have ducked out for so long. Try no hot water for almost five days, a computer meltdown, an iPod meltdown (with the backup for the iPod being on the totaled computer), and other unpleasant distractions.

    Sorry about all the double negatives. All the suggested questions are worth adding to the list, and I’m doing it, because my wife and I actually do sit down every night and go over the day, partly to give thanks and partly to see where we screwed up so we can do something about it on the following day.

    So thanks to all.

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