26 Comments

  1. There is a great bit between Karl Pilkington and Ricky Gervais, in which Pilkington proposes a watch that would tell you how long you have to live.
    Gervais asks “Karl, how do you imagine this would work though?”
    Pilkington says “well you would just strap it on your wrist”

    I would choose to know the day I would die. As a type 1 diabetic, every time I choose what to eat or how much medicine I am taking, I am trying my best to avoid dying in the next couple hours (too much insulin) but not maintaining a high blood glucose level which will make my elder years especially miserable and difficult. If I knew I would die when I was 37, I would stop worrying about going blind or being on dialysis in my 60s.

  2. From a purely logistical point of view, I gotta say Hell Yes. I could stop worrying about all the stupid things that might kill me and get my work taken care of. I got kids to raise and places to go, man.

    On a similar tangent to this question, have you heard of Machine of Death? http://machineofdeath.net/

  3. I’ll pass on that info. I’d be stressing about it too, counting off the days until it happens. Although I could save a lot on life insurance premiums in the mean time.

    What I WOULD like is something that tells me if I’ll live long enough to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, or if I’m just missing out by exercising and avoiding unhealthy foods. It would suck to sacrifice all that sloth and gluttony just to die young anyway.

  4. No way. After being sick for the better part of 5 years, I know I’m fortunate with the time I’ve got. My health has improved (not to 100%) but I am quite content having the ability to enjoy life again. I don’t need a check-out date to remind me that I’m lucky.

  5. I think there are definate pros to knowing when and how you are going to die. The movie Big Fish addresses this in a few scenes in the movie. The dying father in the movie has scenes of his life shown, one of which is looking into the eye of a witch which shows people how (and whenish) they will die. The guy lives his life to the fullest taking all sorts of risks and whatnot because he knows that those are not going to kill him.

  6. I would hem and haw for a few days and then come down on the side of wanting to know. As everyone else has said, the ability to deal with the logistics would make a big difference. I wouldn’t adopt a dog if I only had a few years left. I would more carefully budget for my retirement if I knew I was going to hit 98. I’d not bother with my degree if I knew I’d never get around to using it. I would have some anxiety counting down, but more importantly, I would turn that anxiety into the pursuit of pleasure/accomplishments/family time, etc if I had tangible proof that life is short.

  7. Wouldn’t ask for it, would deal if (impossibly) I knew…

    However: if it was possible, it’d have profound implications for the way the universe works. I’m happier living in a fateless world, ta very much.

  8. I don’t know. It would raise all sorts of paradoxes- what if it told me that I would die in exactly a year, and so I spent that year being a badass, and then on the day that I was supposed to die, I committed suicide in a Rube-Goldberg-machine sort of way to continue the badassery? Then I would have only died because I thought I was going to die so I killed myself. If I hadn’t killed myself, I wouldn’t have died that day.
    WHAT DOES IT ALL MEEEAAANNNN
    Anyway.
    So, possibly. As butchrobotpope said, I would stop worrying about things as much and be able to pay attention to more important things, such as skydiving and wrestling bears.

  9. I would love to know the exact date I’m going to die because there would be only one day where I would have to worry about dying!

  10. I never thought I’d live to be as old as I am (almost 70), as both my parents were younger when they died. The only thing I worry about is living until I can’t take care of myself or I lose my marbles. I REALLY don’t want either of those things to hapen.

  11. When I was apprenticing as a plumber, I was asked to move a giant piece of asbestos from point A to point B. I didn’t know what it was. Years later I read how deadly the stuff was, and being a hypochondriac already, became convinced that I was going to die. In fact, I read that asbestosis can get you in as little as 10 years, so I did the math, and it turns out I was going to die on September 12, 2011. I have honestly lived the last several years convinced that I was going to die on this day.

    It’s a little depressing, but mostly freeing to live with that kind of outlook. I went to school, took a subject that I liked rather than one that promised some future income. , amassed tons of student loans that didn’t bother me, and I never worried about the fears of growing old. It was kind of peaceful for me.

    I no longer think I will die in September. I think I will live another 10 years at least. But I think that this worry has been nothing but positive for me. I focus on things that matter. I don’t waste time.

  12. I would like to know in advance just how big Jesus’ ass is, because some people say I can sit next to him and from what I understand, there are ALOT of people sitting next to him…unless I sit next to the person whom is sitting next to the person whom is sitting next to the person…ad infinitum…that is sitting next to Jesus’ big ass.

  13. No, not exact date but if I found out now that I’m going to die when I’m 60 or so probably do things differently.

  14. I read a short comic once of a guy that knew he was going to die in 60 years. He took alot of risks and eventually jumped out of a plane with no parachute. He then woke up in a hospital, completely paralyzed and unable to communicate with others at all. All he could think of was that he was going to be in that state for another 57 years before he died.

  15. You can’t know the day you’re going to die.

    Imagine you find you you have exactly 5 years to the day to live. Are you going to sit back and let it to happen or are you going to do everything you can to prevent it once the fear sets in? After all, you only have to protect yourself from death for 24 hours. If you don’t try to save your life would you say to yourself, “Hey cool! I can do any kind of crazy stunt and not die!” then get killed early in a hang gliding or cliff diving or motorcycle related accident? How does knowing the day of your death effect your view of free will if you can do nothing to prevent it? Are we to assume that everything we think and do and feel is just a pre-recorded plot that way play out like puppets with only the illusion that we can effect the outcome in any way at all?

  16. The problem with knowing the day you would die, is that you would still be uncertain about your life until that point.

    Its all very well to say you would take risks, drive like a maniac, bungee jump everyday, play russian roulette for high stakes, but it still doesn’t mean you could hurt, disable or permanently paralyse yourself. Knowing you ain’t gonna die for twenty years sounds good but it would suck if the very next day you broke your neck and spent the rest of your life as a paraplegic!

Comments are closed.