Topics Worth Investigating

  1. Siddhartha adopted a game-playing attitude without passion toward business, and a passionate attitude without game-playing toward Kamala. Does one attitude exclude the other? Clarify the similarities and differences between the two approaches to life.

  2. Evaluate the statement, "Everyone takes, everyone gives." Suppose a child you do not know offers you a flower. Who is taking and who is giving? Explain.

  3. Franz Kafka writes in the parable entitled "Couriers":

    They were offered the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. The way children would, they all wanted to be couriers. Therefore there are only couriers who hurry about the world, shouting to each other—since there are no kings—messages that have become meaningless. they would like to put an end to this miserable life of theirs but they dare not because of their oaths of service.

    How are the childlike people similar to Kafka's couriers?

  4. How is it that neither Siddhartha nor Kamala can love—even though their relationship is the whole sum, substance, and meaning to their life at this point in their life's path?