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#1 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19350 posts) -

#2 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19350 posts) -

If you had a single opportunity to know the date and time of your own death, an opportunity given to you right at this moment, would you take the opportunity or would you rather not know the exact moment of your death?

This wouldn't grant you the knowledge of the circumstances surrounding your future fatality (could be from natural causes or not). All you would learn would be the exact year, month, day and time when your life will come to an end. You would not be able to change the date of your death after knowing it.

I think those who say yes would do so to either satisfy their curiosity, modify their life according to the date or to know how much time they have left to fulfill whatever goals they may have.

Those who say no would probably do so to ignore the fact that it will all end one day, because they don't feel that this date would affect their lives and just be a nuisance or a cause for paranoia or maybe they wouldn't want to know for the element of surprise(??).

#3 Posted by kindgineer (2733 posts) -

Never. I would begin to weigh my "years" differently. Now, not knowing the day of my death, gives me a feeling of an endless time limit to start a family, go to college, and accomplish things that will take years. I feel that if I knew the day I died, I would begin to question whether or not "4 years of X" is worth it.

#4 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3103 posts) -

I'd like to know. Even if I wouldn't be aware of why or how it happened, it would give me time to get my affairs in order in advance, and to warn my loved ones so they wouldn't be taken by surprise when it happened.

#5 Posted by Intro (1207 posts) -

Yes. I would tell everyone the day I was gonna die and then when I did, they'd all be freaked out. Best prank ever.

#6 Posted by Arbie (1449 posts) -

I said yes pretty much for the reasons you stated. But then again, I also chose the red pill on a previous poll!

I guess I have a little bit of a fear of not being able to say goodbye to loved ones too, so I'd like to be able to do that and make sure they would be taken care of and provided for accordingly. My uncle recently passed away and he knew roughly when he was going to die, so before his time he made sure my aunt would be settled and she'd have nothing else to worry about. For that reason I think I too would like to know when I was going to die.

#7 Edited by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

It's tough. I have anxiety already and knowing the day I would die would probably worry me everyday. On the other hand it also sets my expectations and would give me ample chance to warn everyone. It's a coin toss for sure.

#8 Posted by Dethfish (3670 posts) -

Yes. I say yes because I'd rather know now then have to think or worry about it for the rest of my life. Like many people, I fear the unknown, so having that little amount of control over death would make dying just a little easier. I'd still have to deal with the biggest unknown which is what happens after death, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Also, being able to plan accordingly would be nice.

#9 Posted by BaneFireLord (2941 posts) -

Ignorance is bliss.

#10 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

Sure, why not.

#11 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

No. I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about it.

#12 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

I totally would because I know I wouldnt change my lifestyle in order to lengthen my life.  I think it would make my life more fun.

#13 Posted by CaLe (3992 posts) -

No way. That's some morbid shit to have rattling around in your head all the time. I hate morbid shit.

#14 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4683 posts) -

Yeah, sure. I wonder how such knowledge would change me.

#15 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1808 posts) -

I voted yes on accident....

I have no need to know the date of my death.

#16 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

I voted yes, but I'm a bit iffy on my choice. Ideally, I'd want to be prepared if to leave something for my children if it happened before my natural time.

#17 Edited by Franstone (1124 posts) -

When my cousin was 12 years old he went to a psychic and she asked him if he wanted to hear the good news or the bad news first.

My cousin replied "I want the bad news."

She told him he was going to die in a skiing accident when he was 27 years old.

That's next year.


We joke about it all the time. (never mind that it's kinda screwed up to tell a 12 year old kid that)

He said he was just going to snowboard that year and I pointed out well what if someone skiing hit's you on your snowboard and you die.

And don't you dare get on a jet-ski that summer either. (as well as some other creative situations I thought up that I will not repeat here)

He seems to be taking it OK though, I'll revisit this post and update within a year.

; )

Edit: I voted NO

#18 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3052 posts) -


#19 Posted by Rattle618 (1463 posts) -

Yes of course, it would be awesome and I can never understand why people say no to this question.

#20 Posted by falserelic (5444 posts) -

Lucky for me I'm not worry about death. I ain't got much to live for anyway.

#21 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

Can't say I care either way.

#22 Posted by EuanDewar (4963 posts) -


#23 Posted by Chop (1999 posts) -

Hell no.

I'm the embodiment of ignorance is bliss. I ignore everything I can.

#24 Posted by officervanhalen (86 posts) -

It's a paradoxically impossible scenario. What would happen if I then jumped off a building, if it couldn't change?

But no, I wouldn't. I like the idea of not knowing.

#25 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

Probably, only because I would do crazy hilarious shit leading up to it

#26 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19350 posts) -

@officervanhalen said:

It's a paradoxically impossible scenario. What would happen if I then jumped off a building, if it couldn't change?

Well then I guess either it would be a failed suicide attempt if the date would supposed to be later or something? Obviously, this question kind of negates the possibility of suicide.

It was hard for me to decide, but I don't think I'd want to know the date. For now, I'm fine with not knowing when I'm going to die and being constantly reminded of that date would be a pain.

#27 Posted by StarvingGamer (8281 posts) -

Nope, would be too much of a mindfuck in my day-to-day life. The delusion that I'm going to live forever keeps me going.

#28 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

@falserelic said:

Lucky for me I'm not worry about death. I ain't got much to live for anyway.

Jesus, what are you, a down-on-your-luck cop in an action movie? Take some antidepressants, will you?

#29 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

Fuck no. No no no no. Hell no. Who the fuck is answering yes? What?! I?! WHAT IS THIS?!

#30 Posted by gamefreak9 (2359 posts) -

might make me act in an interesting manner, so yes.

#31 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6398 posts) -

It depends. If I will die in some horrible accident and can prevent it, yes, I want to know. If I am going to die because of old age, then no, I don't. Ignorance is bliss in some occasions, but knowledge can save your life.

I answered assuming I will die an old, grey bearded man.

#32 Posted by JasonR86 (9714 posts) -

No. The months and weeks before that date would suck.

#33 Edited by BoFooQ (675 posts) -
#34 Posted by DeanoXD (608 posts) -

Yes, but with one condition i was given a 5 year lead time so i know when to start with the hookers and blow and go out in a blaze of glory.

#35 Posted by Landon (4147 posts) -

Yes. Because when you know when you will die, you also know you will survive everything else.

#36 Edited by living4theday258 (679 posts) -

No, if I knew I would spend whatever time I have left trying to change the time I die.

#37 Posted by forkboy (1154 posts) -

I'd like to know. Knowing if it I had 5 years or 50 years to go I would change how I'll live accordingly. Because you can do things more care-free, with less concern about your body breaking down if you're going to die at 30 than at 80. I think it'd be useful to know & I don't think it'd haunt you for too long, except maybe the first couple of days after finding out & then the last day or so waiting for it to come.

#38 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@c0l0nelp0c0rn1 said:

I voted yes on accident....

I have no need to know the date of my death.


#39 Posted by Athadam (694 posts) -

I would want to know. Most people are procrastinators - having an absolute deadline and knowing the fact that you can't just always "do it tomorrow" will make me accomplish more in life.

#40 Posted by Nev (551 posts) -

Nope. With my anxiety issues, knowing the date I died, even if it was 30 years from today, I'd obsess every day, unending, and probably have a nervous breakdown. Then I'd end up a gibbering lunatic that died even earlier than the date.

#41 Posted by TooWalrus (13218 posts) -

Nope, I'm just going to assume I'm going to live forever, and work on saving money, getting educated, and eventually building a career. I don't fear death, I'd just rather be surprised by it.

#42 Posted by TooWalrus (13218 posts) -

@Franstone: An overhead airplane is going to drop one of these out of the sky:

#43 Posted by Fobwashed (2077 posts) -

I've personally experienced situations where a loved one has died suddenly without warning and where we knew death was imminent but had time to prepare for it and basically say goodbye. Without a question, knowing was better than having someone suddenly disappear with their last day spent as any other normal day would be.

For the reason of allowing people who care about me and I care about to know beforehand and prepare, I would like to know. I already know I'm going to die but knowing when would allow me to map out the rest of my life accordingly. Even if I were to find out that I'd be dying in like a week, or tomorrow. I could still make calls, say goodbyes and cancel my cable internet.

I feel like there's a giant gulf between being ignorant of something and being stupid. And choosing to be ignorant when given a choice feels like something only a stupid person would do. But that's just my own stupid opinion =D

#44 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3165 posts) -

I really don't wanna know until there's like a day left. Then I could say goodbyes.

#45 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Fuck no.

#46 Posted by NTM (7409 posts) -

Would you rather know when you die, or would you rather know how you die?

#47 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -

Not even a little bit.

#48 Posted by Gabriel (4063 posts) -

Yes, it would give me so much power over my life. You would eventually get over the knowing much in the way when you were told everyone dies as a kid.

#49 Posted by Zor (656 posts) -

Yes, It would allow me to plan my life accordingly. Well, assuming it was far enough away, if it was like in 5 minutes, i would freak out.

#50 Posted by ajamafalous (12007 posts) -

Yeah, I'd like to make sure I accomplish what I want to before I die.