Questions from the Book
"Questions are the beginning of knowledge, and the questions in the book will provide some people the desire to further seek knowledge."
Below are questions from the book which have been answered by various people. If you feel you have strong answers to these questions and would like to post your answers here, please use the contest form on Ada's Legend
If you had the power to heal, do you feel it would be your duty to help as many people as you can? Jessie believes a healer should heal everyone they can. Ada believes careful thought and personal choice should be what direct a healer. What do you think?
- I don't believe one's life, whatever power they have that may benefit mankind, should be basically forced into servitude for the greater good.
Jessie says that for the first time she understands why some things should be forced in order to help humanity as a whole. Should the betterment of humanity be considered more important than the rights of an individual?
- Each individual living within a society has an obligation to help better that society. Some will see this as a call to arms and a full-time job. Others will see it as a passing necessity that is to be done with as quickly as possible. It is currently the case that the betterment of humanity is more important than the rights of an individual and I think this is the way it should be.
- There is an answer to question 1 that seems to contradict this statement, but in fact there is no contradiciton. Rather, if we lived in a society where each person wishing to be part of that society were required to participate in society benefitting jobs for several years, before being allowed to be a member of that society, and if that were the society that Ada lived in, then she would not have to use her healing powers during this servitude, rather, she could do any job that benefitted society. Of course it would be the most beneficial if her healing power were to be used, but can that really be said and should't it be her choice.
When Ada hit the boy in the head with a bat she was sent away. Should she have handled this situation differently? If so, how?
- Striking out with physical violence in the face of oppression is something I support. However, by the time Ada hit him in the head with a bat the initial shock had long passed. Because of this, I think Ada should have better reflected and thought of a more logical way to handle the problem.
Ada tells Professor Strathern that sickness is around for a reason and that she's not interested in helping him turn the world into standing room only. Would the world become standing room only if sickness and injury were gone?
- As fast as the human race multiplies we would most definitely turn this earth into standing room only. The only thing that limits this from happening is that the earth just can't support that amount of humans and finds ways to remove them.
Professor Strathern believes that if humanity was free of sickness people would follow and accept laws on population control. Ada doesn't believe effective laws could be put in place by politicians like Senator Grimes. What do you think?
- Anybody who is out for themselves should never be put into a position of power. Although, we are all out for ourselves, in one way or another. So best to possibly just limit the amount of "out for oneself" in the people running for politics and in doing so politics themselves would change. Or the people would change and corrupt, from outside influences, but it's worth a shot.
Ada makes the comment, “Downtown was safe to disappear in during the day, but deadly, or worse at night.” How can a location be safe during the day and unsafe at night? Does this idea apply to all cities? What does this say about a community and its priorities?
- Most every city in the world has a problem with, once the lights go down, the dangerous moving around. It is almost as if this can never be removed from mankind. I guess I would question whether or not crime has declined throughout history, or not. I would imagine this would be pretty hard to figure out.
How much is the mind involved in the healing process? Does today's health care system support and encourage this inner practice?
- I believe that the mind could become so strong, with generations of practice, that the average person's sickness and injury would not affect these people. There are those of us who already have stronger immune systems and I believe it is in part due to the mind. As for today's health care, I believe the pharmaceutical companies run "today's health care" and are willing to dope America into non-existence.
What did Madame Cornot mean when she said the nurses and doctors only see her as cancer?
- I feel the ability to numb oneself to almost any situation is a way for humans to cope in bad or stressful times/situations. I believe that is what occurs here. It's not that these doctors and nurses don't care, but rather have been engaged in this battle on two fronts. One with the people they are trying to help, and the other with the politics that reside behind the scenes of the hospitals. One should not study to be a doctor in hopes of achieving wealth. Rather they should study their medical profession in hopes of achieving fame for their accomplishments in their chosen field.
Why does strong will represent freedom to Ada? What has to go hand in hand with a strong will to make it positive or beneficial? What do you believe true freedom is?
- When I was a child I had strong will, but it was uncontrolled, like a raging fire. As I grow older there are times that I feel my will has diminished, but I don't think this is the case. Rather it has become more refined and useable. I believe true freedom is waking up every day and doing something you love, and being with people you love.