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If you had to choose between losing both arms or both legs, which would you go for?

Asked by vocalthoughts (370points) January 12th, 2011

A few months ago I stumbled across a man named Nick Vujicic who was born without arms or legs (check him out!). I was amazed to see how well he manages to cope without limbs in comparison to how much people with limbs struggle to do the simplest thing. Understandably, Nick was born in such a way so I guess after 28 years he didn’t have any choice but to adapt & has done so fantastically.

As inspiring as Nick’s story is, I’m not sure how well I’d cope with the loss of either arms or legs.. Let alone both. It’d be pretty difficult to adjust to.

BUT, if I had to choose, I’d rather lose my legs.

Which would you go for? Do you tend to take your limbs for granted?

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YoBob's avatar

I’d probably have to go with arms. You can still do a fair amount of ass kicking in the absence of arms.

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john65pennington's avatar

Legs is the only logical answer. i could still drive myself to bingo and play in my wheelchair. without my arms, i could not drive and sign for the jackpot prize of $1,200.00, after winning it.

I do not write so good….........with my toes. i have tried it.

Cruiser's avatar

Legs, I could not see not being able to play guitar or piano.

YoBob's avatar

On second thought, there are plenty of ways to get around without legs, but a whole heck of a lot that is pretty difficult to do without arms. I’ll change my answer to legs…

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’d hate to never dance again – I’d lose my arms.

Jude's avatar

I hate questions like this.

vocalthoughts's avatar

@Jude I love answers like yours.

ucme's avatar

Legs, although I see no arm in the alternative :¬)

Nullo's avatar

Legs. I enjoy Fluther, gaming, and doodling too much!

Dog's avatar

I know Nick. After a few minutes talking with him you forget he has any disability at all.

I think arms/hands would be the the most valuable to retain but as Nick and others have shown life can still be rich and good despite challenges.

josie's avatar

A Hobson’s choice. I have known guys who lost arms, legs and combinations. None of it is any good. I suppose if I had to, I could get by in wheelchair or learn to use prosthetic legs. Sort of. Unpleasant thought.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I’d much rather lose my legs than my arms. I accomplish so much with my arms and hands that I’d be really dysfunctional without them probably.

sahuleka546's avatar

Legs, I don’t think I’ll be able to race that well with prosthetic arms. At least I can still use prostethic legs for gas and brakes.

erichw1504's avatar

Legs, I use computers about 80% of the day. So, without arms I would feel useless. Even if I got mechanical or prosthetic arms it just wouldn’t be the same.

jazmina88's avatar

Legs. You cant play clarinet or piano without arms.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

I’d choose to keep my arms. You don’t do much with your legs, besides walking/running. You can do all that with prosthetic legs. I do so much with my hands that needs a very sensitive touch (like knitting, crocheting, petting the dog, etc.) that I wouldn’t be able to do without my arms.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I am fairy positive that I would rather loose my legs because I can do a lot with my arms.

Dog's avatar

Just have to say it..

I would rather have no arms and legs than lose my spouse or children.
I would rather have no arms and legs than be responsible for the death of an innocent person.
I would rather have no arms and legs than have severe untreatable mental disorder.

It is really a matter of love. The ability to love, to give it and receive it and to love yourself.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Take the legs. I’m far too tactile and grabby to give up my super long fingers.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@Dog Very good point. I’m sure it’d be hard to keep that in the front of your mind for a while, but that’d be important to remember.

Fred931's avatar

I can’t drive without either pair. How about just my left leg? ~

Video was sweet. And not in the teenager way.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

That man is a true inspiration.I have much respect and admiration for him.
I don’t know which I would choose.I would make do either way,I suppose.I’d have to. ;)
I can tell you for certain,that I don’t take the use of my arms or legs for granted and appreciate every day I am able to enjoy a walk in the woods or the feel of a paintbrush in my hand.Believe me,I do

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