There are certain times when your mind wanders, things get a bit quiet, and suddenly you think of a question – a thought-provoking question – that stumps you. It is those questions that we love to ask ourselves. Below you will find a list of 101 thought-provoking questions, separated into 3 sections; the first personal, the second environmental, and the third philosophical! Get ready to start thinking!
— 44 Personal Thought Provoking Questions
What would your life look like if you changed one major decision that you have made?
If the world would end tomorrow and you could only spend your last day with 2 people who would it be?
What would your life look like if you were born 50 years before your time?
Do you believe your opinions are solely your own or are they impacted by your surroundings?
If you won the lottery, what would your life look like in 2 years?
If you could cure a life-treating disease or instantly become 3million dollars richer, what would you choose?
What would you choose to be in love and poor or rich and alone?
Who are you in 5 words or less?
If you could erase any moment from the last year, would you? What would it be and why?
Try to think back to your earliest memory (not a photo, video or story that has been told) what it is?
What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
What is the worst piece of advice you have ever given?
Are you an open book, or do you overshare to avoid your true feelings?
Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Fight or flight – what is it for you?
What would be a worse fate losing your sight, hearing, or taste?
Would you rather be lonely or alone?
What can you do today that can change your life tomorrow?
If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?
Do you prefer to love or be loved?
Are you ignorant or simply innocent?
Does social media bring positivity or negativity to your life? Why do you use it?
Aside from loved ones and (maybe your job) what do you love most in the world?
Would you allow your friends to speak to you the way you speak to yourself?
Would you want to know when you were going to die?
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world right now, who would it be and why?
Do we all hear the same sounds?
If you had a real-life jiminy cricket, what would he be telling you right now?
There was only one song ever written; what is it?
If you could write your obituary, what would it say?
Do you think you will ever truly be happy?
Do you think you will ever truly be satisfied?
What is your purpose?
What does death mean to you?
What is the harsh truth about yourself that you ignore?
Is it possible to be standing backwards on a staircase?
What if your dreams are recollections of your past life?
If you had the option to become immortal, would you?
When do you truly become an adult?
Name a moment when you were truly happy…
What do you consider your greatest weakness?
If you add up all the time you have spent watching tv and the result shocked you, would you change your habits?
What is the best thing about your life at this very moment?
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— 23 Environmental Thought Provoking Questions
What will the world look like in 500 years?
Do you believe we can truly stop climate change?
Do you believe that it is morally okay to keep pets?
Who decided that humans were the superior species?
What is one thing that has changed the world for the better
What is one thing that has changed the world for the worst
How would you explain color?
Do you think we were better off without mobile phones?
How long before we stop selling pens and paper?
Who or what do you think you would’ve been in a past life?
Is the earth round or flat?
Did we really walk on the moon?
If you could create your own society, what law would you implement first?
If there was an alternative version of you on another planet would you want to meet it?
Is there really a reason the alphabet has an order?
Do power and corruption go hand in hand?
If a tree falls in the woods, but no one is around to hear, it does it make a sound?
Do you believe other life-forces exist?
What if the air was poisonous and just killed us in 75-100 years?
Do guns protect or kill people?
Have you ever thought about how many people are looking up at the sky when you are?
Do you think we are the biggest threat to humanity?
Is it fair to bring children into the world when the Earth is dying?
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— Thought Provoking Questions
Are people inherently good or bad?
Think about nature vs nurture, do you believe our environment reflects the person you are OR does the way you are raised reflect the person you are?
How was language formed?
Who decided the calendar?
If you accidentally ran someone over, but no one saw would you turn yourself in or keep driving? Why?
What is your conscious? When do you first remember feeling it?
Do we have a predetermined path?
What happens when we die?
What if this is all dream?
Are we the aliens on a different planet?
How do we know that the colors we personally see are the same colors that everyone else sees?
Did you know that not everyone’s mind has an ongoing narration?
Is happiness a choice?
What constitutes as a life-altering moment?
To experience sadness is to be human, but what if we had the option not to feel…
Why are more inclined to remember traumatic experiences over happy ones?
You are driving a car, and you can only make 2 turns; on one end you will kill 1000 people you don’t know on the other side is a loved one – what would you do?
Are you living, or are you existing?
How far would you go to save a loved one, would you break the law?
Would your opinion change of someone if you found out they had committed a crime in the past?
Would you rather be naive or jaded?
Pick a memory: would you rather relive that memory for a week or completely forget it?
Pick an item, any item. Now imagine that it doesn’t exist, how does that make you feel?
What does a feeling feel like?
What do you find stranger: that our life is completely out of our control or that we have complete control over our lives?
Does suffering promote growth?
Is reality just a construct of our minds?
Is everything you perceive just a figment of your imagination?
Why do we exist if, in the end, we will all fade away?
Does knowledge have value, or do we consider being knowledgeable to inform our own perception of value?
How do we form thoughts?
Do you believe in coincidences or fate?
What is life without love?
Are you the person you want to be?