We all have experiences where after we leave a conversation, or a date ends, we realize something clever we wish we had said.
The French call this l’esprit de l’escalier, which means, roughly, staircase wit (as in, you get the idea for something to say only when you are in the staircase, heading home).
Can you recall moments in your life, at work or at home, where you realize now there was something else you wish you had said? Or done? Make a list.
If you could make anyone in the world stop talking for 24 hours, who would it be? And why?
And if you could make anyone talk more for 24 hours?
What do you hope your kids will say about you when they’re adults?
(Don’t be a weenie – if you don’t have kids, pretend you did for the purposes of writing this post. Imagination costs nothing).
Who is your favorite parent? And why?
What % of who and what you are is determined by genetics vs your own choices? Is it 50/50 or more or less of one?
Or should there be three numbers: your genetics, how you were raised, and your own choices (33/33/33 or 10/40/50).
Do you think Shakespeare existed? Or are there just to many plays and sonnets credited to him to be the work of one person?
The new film Anonymous questions his prolificity and his existence.
If you think these claims against history are a waste of time, why do you think they are periodically raised by so many people?