21 Deep Questions About Life You Need to Ask Right Now

Deep questions about life are something I know very well after joining sessions at Aristotle’s Cafe. It’s one of the many self-awareness activities that I take part in each and every week!

I’m going to be honest…

When I was younger I never really stopped to think about deep questions. I never really stopped to think about much of anything! (And I really mean that, I’m just glad my friends didn’t all have smartphones or I’d be internet famous by now)

There wasn’t time for me to think of any deep questions to ask!

I was always rushing to do the next thing, have the next experience and I was just immature…

Now that I’m in my 30’s I really feel like I missed out on exercising my thought muscles.

I mean, they always say it’s never too late to learn something new, but that doesn’t mean that asking deep questions about life comes easy when you start as late as I have.

That is why I wanted to give you a headstart by telling you about 21 deep questions about life you need to ask right now.

Trust me, you’re going to save yourself a lot of headaches and heartbreaks if you start thinking about your answer to these questions now.

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Deep Questions About Life

For those of you looking for a list of deep questions about life, I don’t want to disappoint you so here are the top 21 most important deep questions to ask:

  1. What will we learn from COVID-19 and isolation?
  2. Do I want to have children?
  3. How do you know if something is “normal”?
  4. When does free will end and fate begin?
  5. What will you do to stand up for what you believe in?
  6. How does “knowing too much” benefit or harm you?
  7. What does it mean to be authentic?
  8. Is it possible to live your life without fear?
  9. What is happiness?
  10. What work do I love to do so much that I would do it for free?
  11. What is the biggest challenge facing my generation and how can I make a difference?
  12. Who is one person that you would do anything for?
  13. What separates man from beast?
  14. Is technology something to appreciate or fear?
  15. Are we our own thoughts?
  16. Should everyone have the right to vote?
  17. Is charity bad?
  18. Do we need love to be happy?
  19. Does religion do more harm than good?
  20. Is right now a better world than the past?
  21. What is freedom?

Now that you have a load of deep questions about life, let’s start to think about something even more interesting…

Why we need questions to think about.

Deep Questions About Life Determine How You Live

It’s not just about finding deep topics to talk about, but it’s about asking deep philosophical questions to live in a more meaningful way.

Because the questions we ask lead us to the answers we find and the decisions that we will make. (I know, younger me would be rolling his eyes right about now)

It’s true!

And I know it’s true, I’ve been around people for years that just work at the same job day in and day out looking like zombies…

Part of the reason why is because they’re just worn out. They put their heads down and drive forward, they’ve lost their curiosity, they’ve become resigned to the status quo.

People living their dreams and living life to the fullest aren’t thinking about the status quo. No, they’re curious about deep life questions – and about finding new ways of thinking and living.

And I’m going to make a disclaimer here, this isn’t anything new.

Over two-thousand years ago there was a group of people that also believed in the importance of finding deep questions to ask.

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Deep Questions About Life and The Greeks

The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates
We all know Socrates as a man who asked powerful questions, challenging societal norms and uncovering long-held assumptions. His deep questions about life and his ability to ask questions to make people think were his talents.
Just like we all know, asking deep philosophical questions has the possibility to create a lot of enemies.
In the case of Socrates, he was put on trial for corrupting the youth of Athens – the questions that he was asking were seen as criminal. (Those must have been some pretty tough questions for the government of that time to answer I’m guessing…)
To make a long story short, he was faced with a decision. Either stop asking questions and making people challenge the status quo, or die.
Socrates actually chose death!
Can you even wrap your head around that one?
He believed so strongly in the value of asking deep questions that Socrates actually chose death before he would stop asking them!
It’s so hard to find that kind of determination in the modern world, because we have so many choices, so many distractions, and we aren’t able to focus on reflecting and deciding what is important to us.
As for Socrates, his actions and decisions were so powerful that his name is still well-known today. He inspired others to lead in his footsteps and when we think about philosophy we always think of the Greeks.

Deep Questions to Ask, Let’s Talk

Wouldn’t life be boring without good questions?

Of course, it would be boring…

Questions are the way we find our passions and how we connect with people.

I feel like as our world continues to become more technologically advanced it seems to be getting harder to actually connect.

That is why asking deep questions about life are more important than ever!

If we keep looking down at our phones and finding everything by putting in search terms, it doesn’t use any critical thinking. And just like any other muscle in the body, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it.

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What Are You Going to Do?

We all know that it can be a challenge to have meaningful conversations about life.
That’s something we can all agree on…
But the real question is what you will do to help get yourself and the people you care about outside of that forever famous status quo comfort zone.
If you’re ready to be a leader and make a difference in the world join us, become an Aristotle’s Cafe Facilitator.
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