Effective questions


I was thinking about how I need an effective and efficient approach to finding an answer to the question "What is the problem?" (in the context of group dynamics). How about "What is a worthy mission and vision?" If the mission is to enable people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes, the vision could be citizens who have a personal values hierarchy (an order set of values), can (and do) think critically, and are committed to using their talents, skills, and knowledge to support their communities, their state, their country. Like the Boy Scouts of America, but without implied restrictions (e.g., only for youth). An effective set of questions could be:
1. What are you personally doing to enable yourself to make ethical and moral choices?
What is your value hierarchy?
How do you demonstrate critical thinking?
2. What are your talents and what are you personally doing that demonstrates that you are committed to using those talents to enable others?
Speaking of values, are you better at creating arguments or finding the flaws in arguments; at creating the purposes, objectives, and plans vs identifying the shortcomings in plans, objectives, purposes?
Are you more comfortable / driven to getting to a goal, or more likely to be concerned about the logistical or social issues with the process of getting to the goal (or maintaining the goal)?
You probably can do both, but when stressed, you'll likely be more adept at one.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to work closely with the Climbing/COPE programs in the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of the Boy Scouts of America.
I am blessed to be in the company of people of excellent character who are exploring (sometimes consciously) these sames questions.
I am blessed to be among people of fame so I can more easily differentiate those who have values similar to mine and are critical thinkers.
I am blessed to live in a time of nearly unlimited access to factual information (though it is sometimes hard to find it) and blessed with tools that help analyze that information.
I am blessed to have a way to share my thoughts and insights so I can refine them, put them in a context that might result in help to others. I was blessed to have grown up in a small, mid-western/northern town of bone-crushing loneliness and persistent feeling of alienation, in a highly intelligent, judgmental family who placed a high value on education, commitment, spirituality, and self-enablement. I have found that a likely outcome of someone examining their life is change that results in worth to self and community.
Perhaps Socrates should have said, "A life, when examined, is enjoyable and worthwhile."
Or, as Jim Carrey said:

My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father. Not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

What are your talents, and what are your strengths? How are you set for using those strengths?
Or are you spending your precious heartbeats on efforts that require you to eliminate your weaknesses?

[2015-08-24] And I am blessed to occasionally do something incredibly stupid; like putting a Drupal site in maintenance mode, then request a password reset, before backing up the database and backing up the files, resulting in a website where all the links result in 404 and it's impossible to modify any of the content. Was a great opportunity to learn how to perform multi-table JOINs in MySQL!