Monday, February 04, 2008

Manic Monday

Is there anything too serious to joke about? If so, what falls into that category for you?

Yes, there are things that are too serious to joke about and it would offend me if done so on purpose. Jokes and humour should have their proper place and time in our communication and interaction. The context too matters because even when the joke is about the topics that I list out here, if it is done in a "leg pulling" way with no malice or hurtful intentions, that is more palatable than an outright joke or "for fun" purpose. After saying so, topics that are serious to me are my beliefs (religion), family, and close friends. There was another question in another meme about if I would defend a friend when his/her reputation is at stake when others spoke about a misguided notion about my friend. I replied that I would stand up and speak out for my my friend.

Would you rather be a tortured genius or a happy simple-minded person? Why?

I seriously do not know what does tortured genius mean! I guess I would rather be a happy simple-minded person. Interestingly I was speaking about finding a potential mate for my brother and he finally came up with the ideal wife that he is seeking. She must be a "wise fool". Someone who can act dumb in front of in laws but wise enough to be discerning about the reaction of relatives. Dumb in this case would both mean when to be quiet and when to smile and ignore relative's remarks.

A dear friend or family member has a terminal illness and is in agony. He/she wants you to help him/her die. What would you do?

This is a very tough question. Though if I am the suffering one and my case is clearly deemed to be hopeless, I would not want to be put on a "permanent" life support system that will only burdened my family members emotionally and financially. Similarly, I would discuss this matter with my husband prior to any medical treatment or in case of accidents, what is to be done. But back to the question, I would not "help" the person die but if the person's case is clearly hopeless beyond any doubt as reasonably agreed by physicians and doctors, then the decision perhaps is to discontinue any life support system or technology.


  1. Good post, Serena. Very nicely done.

    My post is here.

    Have a great MM!

  2. Those were very nice thoughtful answers that expressed who you really are.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my Manic Monday. Definitely, all of us have different opinions on Q3. But it is an eye opener to read about others.

  4. Hi Serena nice post in this weeks questions. Anyway i guess i know you. Did you study in Mountain View College? Your face is familiar and i am there for almost 8 yrs in MVC. TC

  5. yeah, i believed answers to question number three would be based on what the person have experienced.

  6. Without malice, that is a great way to answer #1.

    Thanks for playing MM and have a super week.

  7. What a well balanced answer on 3.

    I have spoken with my family, friends and my family doc about this issue a long long time ago.

    I'm "high risk".

    I don't want life support,meaning I can't communicate and discuss matters, and I don't want to be put to sleep and kept without fluids or nourishment.

    Feel welcome to visit my manic monday at my blog

    :: here::

    Have a great week!!!

  8. Hi, Serena!
    Great answers!
    Thanks for the visit.
    Question no. 3 really got us all thinking.

  9. I agree with you on no. 3 given the situation.

  10. Good answers! Thank you for the comments you left for me. *SMILES*