Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Emotional Intimacy Question: Sudden Death

Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. I'm starting with this list.

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

These two concepts -- knowing in advance and dying suddenly -- are generally opposed.  However, some insights may be obtained.  If I knew that I had a limited time left, I could budget that time more efficiently.  For example, I'd lean toward working on current projects rather than starting new ones, and I'd make sure to spend plenty of time with family.  I don't like to leave too many things unfinished, but then again, it sucks to run out of things to do before running out of life.  On the bright side, I would be free of many long-term worries like "What am I going to do 30 years down the road when climate change has made America an even worse shithole country than it already is?"  It'd be fantastic to know that I wouldn't be stuck dying of something horrible and lengthy.  A quick, clean death is something to be appreciated.  (I once really flabbergasted a doctor who mentioned heart disease as a "silent killer" and I said, "What's not to like?")  And of course, being somewhat of a lama, I'd want to think about what to pack into my next life.
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