Rather than the mental gymnastics of a crossword puzzle or a game of Scrabble, I sometimes reach for a book about philosophy or for learning a little French from time to time. For word challenges, I listen to Will Shortz, the puzzle master heard Sunday mornings on National Public Radio. Philosophers often present basic puzzles, conundrums, or problems that have always occupied most people either all of the time or some of the time. These questions stimulate the imagination of writers, readers, and thinkers everywhere. And to pose these questions in a different language that one either knows or is learning often opens up new avenues of understanding:
Y at-il une différence entre l'apparence et la réalité?
Is there a difference between appearance and reality?
[NOTE: l'apparence could alternatively suggest apparition or l'aspect.]
At-il quelque chose à voir avec ce qui est temporaire et ce qui est permanent?
Does it have something to do with what is temporary and what is permanent?
[NOTE: temporaire might suggest provisoire, i.e. provisional.]