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    Senior Member UniqueMixture's Avatar
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    Default If you could know...

    the exact day you were going to die? Would you?

    What about other knowledge that may or not be beneficial to you to know, but would be impactful in terms of how you might live differently, perceive things differently, or interact/appreciate something differently?
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Hell no. I'd be too obsessed about it. Every day would seem like a countdown to the end and would affect my ability to enjoy life now.
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    No way!

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    If you could know the exact day you were going to die? Would you?

    No, I can't say that I would. It seems that I wouldn't be able to live my life as comfortably being aware of the exact date of my upcoming death. Sure, some people might feel that they could make more of their time knowing how much they've got, but for me I feel that I would only worry about it so then that knowledge would actually end up taking more away from my life than it would give to it.
    “The first progressive step by a mind overwhelmed by the strangeness of things is to realize that this feeling of strangeness is shared with all men and that human reality, in its entirety, suffers from the distance which separates it from the rest of the universe." -Albert Camus

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    How would you ever know with absolute certainty?

    I dont believe it would be a good thing to know, its better to assume that everyday could be your last because eventually one of them will be.

    I've been better at saying or thinking that than living it but I'm trying to change that.
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
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    I suspect I will die on a monday or tuesday or wednesday or a thursday or a friday or a saturday or a sunday. I supect I will die on a mundane day of the week.

    And it is the mundane from which I wish to escape.

    I am surrounded by the mundane. Everyone has a mundane walk. Will I turn my face to wall to escape?

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    I would not want to know. That said, I'd certainly hope the ability to find out was a one time offer; knowing my curious nature, I'd be unable to resist the temptation to find out if the offer lingered, even though I know finding out and knowing would probably bother me.
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    No. It would act as a horrible deadline for trying to get everything I wanted to do done. Then I wouldn't bother because I'd remember it's all a waste of time.

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    you people are all thinking about this the wrong way....

    you are thinking its a deadline telling you when you'll die. as i see it, it's also a table telling you all the days that you are not going to die in, no matter what happens. imagine just having one of those: an entire day that you know, no matter what you're going to do, you're not going to die.

    jump from a plane, swim with the sharks, go try erotic asphyxiation, fuck the wife of an insane totalitarian warlord, do some heroic shit, hop on cars, fight lions, do every act in this song, it won't matter.

    now imagine every day but one for the rest of your life being like that - utter immunity form death.

    i'd go for it.

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    I was thinking if I knew I could take out a huge life insurance policy and my family would be loaded.
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    ~ John Rogers

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