Can we ever experience anything objectively? Why or why not? (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise): Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions.)

I don’t think it’s possible to be purely objective about anything. Science presents us with that whole right-brain, left-brain theory: if one is mostly analytical and methodical in their thinking then they’re considered left-brain dominant, whereas if one is more creative or artistic you’re thought to be right-brained. The key word here is dominant, though, meaning no one is purely one or the other. Some occupations – Supreme Court justices come to mind – require a person to purposefully lean on analytical thought to make decisions, but I don’t believe anyone can completely erase their personal impressions.

Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?

To me “soul” means whatever spirit makes me, me and makes you, you. I believe animals have that as well.

Why are people told to respect the dead? (example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead”)

Dealing with people after they’ve passed away is complex. It gets even more complicated when that person falls anywhere from messed up to seriously flawed. I think a lot of folks smooth out people after death so they don’t have to hit the potholes, but when you refuse to bury Uncle Irv’s embezzlement along with him that tends to rock their boat.

Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader. Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange skinned creature’ is cheating. While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence.

My ideal leader is trustworthy, intelligent, prepared, honest, willing to listen to multiple perspectives, compassionate, dedicated, and a patriot who puts the best interest of our country as a whole above all else.

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