Choices say something about us - 11/03/19

The decisions we make are deliberate, for the most part, and not random. Choosing hamburgers for dinner over pizza may not be a big thought out decision but there is a reason you pick one over the other. The choices we make show our preferences, things we like or do not like. Again, hamburgers or pizza. Or, Ironman or Batman. Or, Star Wars or Star Trek. This could go on and on.

What about choices that show what we value? The values we are striving to build in Engage are learning, endurance, graciousness, and obedience. Valuing these and making them a part of our lives determines the choices we make. Our choices say something about us as people and not just simply deciding between one thing or the other.

The exercise today was both fun and insightful. Everyone was asked the below 20 questions and all students were instructed to provide an answer. Some seemed silly but others were made to think about. The responses and the percentage of students that answered are included with each question.

  1. Would you rather live without the internet or live without AC and heating? Internet 77%, AC/Heating 23%

  2. Would you rather know the history of every object you touched or be able to talk to animals? Animals 69%, History 31%

  3. Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again? Line 100%

  4. Would you rather have an easy job working for someone else or work for yourself but work incredibly hard? Hard 62%, Easy 38%

  5. Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants? Food 85%, Tickets 15%

  6. Would you rather have all your clothes fit perfectly or have the most comfortable pillow, blankets, and sheets in existence? Pillow/Blankets/Sheets 100%

  7. Would you rather only be able to use a fork (no spoon) or only be able to use a spoon (no fork)? Fork 54%, Spoon 46%

  8. Would you rather find your true love or a suitcase with five million dollars inside? Love 69%, Money 31%

  9. Would you rather be locked in a room that is constantly dark for a week or a room that is constantly bright for a week? Dark 62%, Bright 38%

  10. Would you rather never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show? Social 62%, TV 38%

  11. Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day? invisible 61%, Fly 39%

  12. Would you rather be fluent in all languages and never be able to travel or be able to travel anywhere for a year but never be able to learn a word of a different language? Travel 62%, Language 38%

  13. Would you rather be poor but help people or become incredibly rich by hurting people? Poor 77%, Rich 23%

  14. Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds? Teleport 69%, Minds 31%

  15. Would you rather be transported permanently 500 years into the future or 500 years into the past? Future 85%, Past 15%

  16. Would you rather be born again in a totally different life or born again with all the knowledge you have now? Knowledge 69%, Different 31%

  17. Would you rather know all the mysteries of the universe or know every outcome of every choice you make? Choice 69%, Universe 31%

  18. Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person, but your family is very proud of you, or your family thinks you are a horrible person, but the general public be very proud of you? Family Proud 92%, Public Proud 8%

  19. Would you rather have a completely automated home or a self-driving car? Car 69%, Home 31%

  20. Would you rather know the uncomfortable truth of the world or believe a comforting lie? Truth 77%, Lie 23%

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