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If there was nothing possible that you could do to stop your death, would you want to know the date and time in advance?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30935points) March 10th, 2010

Let’s just assume for a moment that you have a reliable psychic prediction of your death at your disposal. Would you want to know, even if there was nothing that could stop it?

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Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Knowing the means and date of my death would alter how I lived.
My answer is: Surprise me.

iam2smart99037's avatar

Absolutely not. Inevitably I’d change parts of my life according to the time and date of my death. Nods in the direction of the Cap’n…what he said.

Violet's avatar

I probably would want to know. I don’t really like surprises.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I can’t do anything to stop my death anyway, even if I did know about it in advance.

In a way, I do know about my death in advance.


I just don’t know when it’s going to be, but I can’t do anything to stop it anyway.


Aren’t we back where we started?

lillycoyote's avatar

@plethora Ditto x2 Absolutely NO!

Nullo's avatar

Technically, there is nothing that we can do to stop our deaths.
I don’t think that I’d want to know.

YARNLADY's avatar

It’s not really possible to know how we would act under hypothetical circumstances, but I think I would rather know in advance.

Berserker's avatar

Well technically, some day I will die, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m content enough with that.

RandomMrdan's avatar

hmm… I was actually planning to live forever.

delam's avatar

Er…I think that would be a bad idea. I mean, in some ways it would be good but we wouldn’t live freely.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I would want to know, because there are things that I would do differently, that having the continuity of expectation of time delays. Not stupid, crazy or dangerous stuff, but I would probably quit my job and spend savings on travel, finish certain projects, make a point to have very honest and frank conversations with various people that I can’t have if my perception of time is perpetual. I would make a point to create the moments that make me happy. For me, I would ask my children to spend more time at home, so I could have the night noise of their voices in the next rooms, talking and laughing. I would ask a young friend to move back into the house for a short period, just to have the continuity of time with him, for a brief period, as a gift. I would give things away that I would want other people to have as a memento of me.

I am not afraid of death; it is the only guarantee we all have. My purpose is almost complete.

elenuial's avatar

That really depends on how accurate the prediction was. If it’s immutable, set in stone, then I’d absolutely want to know. It would be freeing, because I would know that nothing before then could kill me.

If I could still be killed before that date, then the prediction is meaningless. I already have a prediction along those lines: I will definitely be dead 100 years from now.

lazydaisy's avatar

No. I think my quality of life would suffer greatly. My father passed away about a month ago with no warning at all. Totally unexpected. He had, in fact, just passed a battery of medical tests saying he was in good health. He died living is life. I think the worst possible thing happened in the best possible way. To know would be such a burden, maybe to not know is a blessing.

faye's avatar

I would want to know, lots of things I would do!

cak's avatar

Oh, wow. Being in those shoes, knowing that I have something really working against me, I can say that no, I don’t want to know before it happens. I don’t think I would appreciate the time in the same way as I do now. I don’t think I would slow down and enjoy things, as much. I would feel rushed, even if I found out that it was a year or two from now.

I’ll stick with the, “let it happen, when it happens…and not a minute sooner” theory.

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