A Bite of … Ian Bristow

Q1: Would you prefer to live in a city, a small town or deep in the countryside?

While each have their merits, I would prefer to live in a small town. The city is bursting with culture and activity, but the easy access to resources creates an overpopulated mess. Life deep in the countryside would offer the exact opposite scenario, and while I do enjoy my personal space and time spent in nature, I need contact with other humans to stay sane.

 Q2: If you could have one magical ability what would it be?

Wow, this is a hard one to answer. One magical ability. . . I’d like the ability to have extra-terrestrial out of body experiences wherein I can tour the cosmos. The reason I would want that ability is because I would gain inspiration unlike any I have ever known, and that would be invaluable.

Q3: Which would you put first honor or friendship?

This is another tough question. Is there ever honor in an abandonment of friendship, which is the only scenario I can currently think of wherein one must make a choice between the two? It might be easy to say “no” at first thought. But friendship can be deceiving and unhealthy if the mutual give and take is out of balance. Some people give more, some take more, and that is okay, so long as the balance is intact for those two individuals. However, it is when one seeks to gain more than they offer within the give/take dynamics of any particular friendship that a friend can become a toxic part of one’s life, thus no longer worthy of any abandonment of honor to appease.

Alternatively, honor can be a misguided attempt to do what is “right.” What is “right,” however, is not a mutually agreed upon concept across the wide scope of society, and is therefore, not a one-size-fits-all concept. “White man’s burden” comes to mind when I think of people doing something unforgivingly misguided for the sake of doing the “honorable” thing. I clearly don’t really know how to answer this question in a “one or the other” sort of fashion, but for the sake of not being so on the fence, I will say that honor is more important, for one reason: If one strives to honor humanity, they can hope to discover the tools to see people as free-thinking individuals who have hopes and dreams and fears and uncertainties, just like they do.

You can catch up with Ian Bristow and more of his opinions on his website.

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