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5 'What If' Questions That Will Challenge Your Perception of Reality

5 'What If' Questions That Will Challenge Your Perception of Reality

Babies come into this world with predetermined names, sets of toys and clothing, and expectations in society. But what if gender wasn’t a social construct?

Being able to think critically and abstractly are skills that a person must develop. And one of the best ways to do so is by not blindly agreeing with any and all information that’s presented to you at face value; by always having a bit of skepticism.

Think for a second about how you consume information. Do you watch the news? Do you scroll through Facebook? Do you ask your friends, coworkers, or family members? Probably a little bit of each. But you never actually talk to the primary source of the information being given to you, do you?

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Here are five ‘what if’ questions that will jar your mind a bit, making you really think about the realities of the world around you:

1) What if everything you’ve ever been taught or told is a complete lie?

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Once we’re born, we begin our journey through this life by learning about society and what other humans have been up to for the past 2000 years or so. We have no real way of knowing if authority figures and educational entities are telling us the truth about the world and its history.

2) What if education is designed to force us into a specific system of dependency?

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From a young age, we’re taught how to operate in a bureaucratic manner, always respecting authority and never questioning those above us. Are your goals and dreams unique? Or are they shaped by a specific ideology that’s drilled into your head as a kid?

3) What if gender roles weren’t given out at birth?

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Babies come into this world with predetermined names, sets of toys and clothing, and expectations in society. But what if gender wasn’t a social construct? What if we perceived the only difference between genders as being entirely physical, rather than dividing people up?

4) What if we are the only form of intelligent life in the cosmos?

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Or, what if we’re not? Is it worse to be all alone in this grand universe or know that there is life all around us and not be able to reach it? Maybe there is another intelligent life out there, but they want to destroy mankind. What would they even look and act like?

5) What if God was the end-all-be-all?

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What are the implications of God being the creator of space and time itself? What if this God was omnipotent, omniscient, genderless, and within every living soul on the planet? What if God is the culmination of everything that is and once was?

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