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If you could be told the exact date & time of your death. Would you want to know & how would it affect the rest of your life?

Asked by ucme (49879points) December 20th, 2009

If you were told you were going to live to a grand old age that would be reassuring to say the least. However the alternatives require clarity of thought.

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strange1's avatar

that would a. impossible unless you were to be executed
b. a complete no no for me , i would pass on the info.

flameboi's avatar

I’d love to know, so I’d have the chance to say goodbye to everyone and have a good party :)

fireinthepriory's avatar

I don’t know if I’d be capable of having that knowledge and not totally freaking out about it. I hope I’d have the maturity to use it to my advantage in terms of planning my life, but I’m not sure I would.

seekingwolf's avatar

No thanks,
I like having my death as a surprise…

Ideally, I want to get to the point that if I KNEW I was dying quickly, I would not change my life at all.

strange1's avatar

i suppose you could cheat on youre insurance and make all your loved ones rich!

Kayak8's avatar

The movie Big Fish kind of addressed this (knowing HOW you were going to die) and it certainly got me thinking. There are so many semi-risky things that I might try if I had assurances that they wouldn’t kill me (now serious maming is another issue altogether). So I think I would like to know “how” much more than I would like to know “when.”

mammal's avatar

sure, why not.

mcbealer's avatar

no
I would rather live each moment like it’s my last.

Kelly_Obrien's avatar

Don’t want to know, could care less. Being told could help bring about one’s ultimate demise; somewhat like the idea that observing an object actually changes the object’s activities by simply being observed.

HighShaman's avatar

I really wouldn’t care…. as I live the best life I can everyday…. don’t see what I could change or do that would change anything.

The ONLY reason that I might wish to know is so that I could call the ones I care about, who are in far away and tell them “I love them and Good-bye” for one last time.

Cruiser's avatar

I already know I am going to die and if I knew the time and date of course I would live my life much differently. There is tremendous irony in that conceptualization and a very subject I have been wrestling with a lot lately. Knowing I am going to die and knowing I would do things differently if I knew when has forced some serious reflection of my current life I live. I will keep you posted as to what changes I am going to make knowing that life is too short.

Cupcake's avatar

I would want to know. I would make sure my family was fully prepared for my absence. I would have all finances in order. I would make all death/funeral/burial arrangements so as to make the transition easier for my family. I would focus on the real priorities – love, life and service.

nebule's avatar

I’d want to know…maybe I’d cheer the fuck up

dpworkin's avatar

As the Great Dr. Johnson has said, it concentrates the mind wonderfully.

ratboy's avatar

Yes. I’d never have to worry about traffic lights again.

noodle_poodle's avatar

yeh i’d love to know…i work better under pressure and could borrow vast quantities of money

chicadelplaya's avatar

No. I don’t think I’d want to know.

SirGoofy's avatar

I don’t know when or where….I just know it’s coming, not just for me…but everyone. Death and taxes, man. Death and taxes. ‘Til then…..YIPEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

shego's avatar

No I wouldn’t be interested in knowing when I would die. I wouldn’t want to have the burden of knowing. I know it is weird, but I would rather have fun with my life, instead of thinking I’m going to miss this important moment, and this one because I am trying to make sure that I have a happy life.
I don’t live in the world of Gattaca and doctors can’t tell me what age I am going to die at and what disease I am going to die of.

loser's avatar

I didn’t use to think I’d want to know, but now I kind of do. I really hate suprises.

HungryGuy's avatar

I would make it a point not to be anywhere near that place well before and after that time…

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

That would ruin my philosophy that I am going to be the one to live forever!

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