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Would you want to know if you were going to die?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by tombeef, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. tombeef

    tombeef King

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    I have often wondered if I would want to know if I was going to die. My answer is no. I would worry and be so nervous that anything I try to do would not be enjoyable. How can you enjoy something if you have death hanging over you?

    I mean, think of it. A friend asks you, hey you want to come over Friday?
    You say no, because you're going to die Thursday.

    Now, I highly doubt it would be this specific, and in some cases cancer patients last longer then doctor's told them. But wouldn't you want to enjoy life without that hanging over your shoulders? How could you even think straight knowing that you are soon going to die?

    The other side I've heard is that people would want to know if they are going to die so that they can go out and get laid, and do all kinds of stuff they wouldn't normally do.

    I guess I like my life enough as it is that I don't need to do that, or have knowledge of my death, but I would be interested to hear what other people have to say.
     
  2. Eran of Arcadia

    Eran of Arcadia Stormin' Mormon Retired Moderator

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    Stegyre Expatriate

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    Tom, you need to sit down: I have some very bad news for you . . . .
     
  4. Bozo Erectus

    Bozo Erectus Master Baker

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    Depends on how I was going to die. If I was going to die screaming my head off in agony for 16 hours, yeah Id want to know. If I was going to just drop dead from one moment to the next, no, I wouldnt.
     
  5. bathsheba666

    bathsheba666 Fast 'n Bulbous

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    I do, and I don't.
     
  6. The Yankee

    The Yankee The New Yawker Retired Moderator

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    If? As far as I know, I will be passing on sometime this millenium.

    And otherwise, probably not...then I'd be too fixed on each second and wind up doing nothing that would have made it all worth living.
     
  7. Abaddon

    Abaddon Deity

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    I hate to put it like this... but you ARE going to die.. no two ways about it.


    (El_Mac, please dont butt in with longevity etc ;) )
     
  8. Masquerouge

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    I would want to know if it would be a painful death. That way I could at leat avoid suffering uselessly.
     
  9. GenMarshall

    GenMarshall Night Elven Ghost Agent

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    Yes, so I can make a speedy confession in a confessional so I can go to heaven (Though my case it would be first going through purgatory to be clesed of any venial sins and then heaven).
     
  10. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    I already know the answer to the question. It's "no".
     
  11. Erik Mesoy

    Erik Mesoy Core Tester / Intern

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    What he said. We know the answer.


    God's grace is given freely, but that doesn't make it cheap. To be resurrected, I first have to die.

    I believe I've come to terms with it.
     
  12. Abaddon

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    I would love so much to know when i am going to die.. life would be so much easier... do i need to worry about a pension? Do i need to worry about even getting an education if its going to be wasted anyway.

    Life would be so much more efficient, you could achieve all you want to do if you know what the boundarys are.
     
  13. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    Every day, I run a probability chance of dying. If I knew I was going to die, that would no longer be a probability, but a certainty. It would certainly change my outlook on life if I knew when I was going to die. I cannot imagine a legitimate way that I would 'know' though.
     
  14. Heretic_Cata

    Heretic_Cata We're gonna live forever

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    No, i made peace with myself for several years. So i probably won't want to know some days/years before that - i don't want to do any crazy thing before.
     
  15. Abaddon

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    If you knew when you were going to die.. would that make you immortal until that point? Or would it be an always changing constant?
     
  16. El_Machinae

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    Exactly. How certain would you know? So certain, that you could chop off your head and not die?

    Death already is an 'always certain' but shifting eventuality. It always could happen, but it also might not happen too (at any given point in time).
     
  17. Abaddon

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    fun to imagine there is some kind of "fate" and a "death" such fantasy is fun to envisage.. but flawed at the most basic level.
     
  18. skadistic

    skadistic Caomhanach

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    Yes. Then I can make plans for a proper wake, revenge on thoes that deserve it, and enjoy all of lifes pleasures to the fullest.
     
  19. Abaddon

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    hmm paradox time.. kill your killer!
     
  20. Sidhe

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    Yes I'd like to know but then I see death all the time in my job or those who are about to die, it is a fear for me, but I'd rather know the facts and live those last momets to the full whatever they are. For me in that situation it is better to burn out than to fade away.

    Pah predeterminism and free will, take it to a philosophy thread :)
     

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