Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Question 34

Would you rather know when you are going to die ... or ... how you are going to die?

Would you rather have the ability to fly ... or ... have $20,000,000 in cash?

Would you rather have one year (and only one year) with your true love and soul mate ... or ... a lifetime with someone you love but are not in love with.

Quote for Today: And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin

32 Comments:

At 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Neither. I mean, if I knew, then I'd be all, "No, Elaine, I can't come to your wedding, because I'm dying that day. Yes I am. Shutup!"
Or
"No, Sandra, I can't help you put out the fire in your hair because that's how I die! How can you even ask me to do that?"

2) I'll take the cash. I mean, that's a lot of first class tickets, right?

On the other hand, how quickly could I make $20 million in flying bets?

Okay, I'll take the ability.

3) That's funny that you ask that like it's an either/or.

-cbol

 
At 4:10 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

"That's funny that you ask that like it's an either/or." -- Awwwwwww...

1) How
2) Fly!
3) What, does he DIE after a year or something? I'd take the first and be happy living the rest of my life knowing that the deepness was possible.

 
At 4:13 PM , Blogger punky said...

I think in real life it can be both (less the "only one year" and "a lifetime" bit because, well, how could it be only one year and a lifetime ... oh, if you die it could be) anyhoo ... I'm just curious which you would chose if you HAD TO pick between the two. I whole heartedly believe that we can have both ... especially at different times in a long, wonderful realtionship.

Now ...

1. I'd rather know when.
2. Fly.
3. One year.

 
At 4:17 PM , Blogger punky said...

I think knowing how would make me stressed every day ... like if I knew it would be in a car crash, I'd think about it everytime I drove - or I simply wouldn't drive. But if I knew WHEN I wouldn't worry ... I would just live the heck out of every day until then ... which is pretty much how I am trying to live now.

 
At 4:52 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

See? We're already trying to live that way, so why not go for the "how"? ;)

Okay, I revise to:

1) How -- but I'm not strong on that.

;)

 
At 5:24 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

I'd rather know how I was going to die. Knowing when would be pretty anti-climactic...

I'd rather have the cash. I'm already enough of a freak that I don't need scientists poking at me all day.

Give me the lifetime any day - this goes back to the meaning of love question that you posted before...

 
At 6:08 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

1. How or when? Hmmm, if I knew how, I would probably obsess over it. For instance, if I was going to die of pneumonia, every time I sneezed I'd freak out. If I knew when, at least I could plan my TV watching schedule accordingly.

2. I suppose I could parlay an ability to fly into far greater amounts or money. Of course, some of those fund raising activities might be illegal. Does my ability come with extra cargo capacity? So, if I wanted to go to Europe, could i carry a friend and some luggage?

3. Oh, this is such a girly question. As long as the sex is good, either.

 
At 8:41 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

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At 8:43 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

1. When. It would be nice to plan ahead and would probably make my day to day life fuller.

2. Unfortunately, money is what it's all about. Poor people live crappy lives.

3. What C-bol said. I'll be marriedipoh 20 years this June and I know that passionate love settles but lifetime love doesn't.

4. I love the quote.

 
At 9:04 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

My problem with WHEN is that there's no guarantee you'll even be aware of the date - what if you're in a coma for 10 years before you drop off? Does knowing when make any difference in that case?

At least if I know HOW, it's something to look forward to. "You will die of a heart attack after having naked skydiving sex for the ninth time...."

 
At 9:25 PM , Blogger punky said...

Not much leverage in naked skydiving sex.

Just sayin'

 
At 9:47 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

*snicker*

 
At 10:03 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

It's all in the abs.

 
At 11:15 PM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

1) Neither, but if I had to know one, I'd know when. Otherwise, I'd be scared to death of anything related to how I would die.

2) Flying. Definitely. I want to try hang-gliding sometime, because that seems like the closest thing to flying that humans are (currently) capable of.

3) These seem equally attractive to me. I can't think of any major advantage to either.

 
At 4:53 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

At least if I know HOW, it's something to look forward to. "You will die of a heart attack after having naked skydiving sex for the ninth time...."
Higgy, if I knew that, I'd only do the naked skydiving sex thing 8 times. Theoretically, then I'd live forever.

If I have to pick one, I'm probably gonna go with when, not how. Mostly I'd want to know what I could do about it, not necessarily to change my destiny, but to be able to go with the least number of regrets, and with nothing left unsaid. Also it would make pre-paying and planning your funeral easier. "Hello? Is that Fungerbooth's Funeral Home? I'd like to order an oak casket with bronze handles for April 14, 2059 please. Just have it open and ready to go. I'll be there."
Hey.. Funeral homes could do a side business in coffee houses, for people waiting to die, and their friends and family that wanted to visit!
What were the other questions again?
Oh yes.. the cash. I want to cruise everywhere and be waited on by hot, buffed, nekkid cabana boys. That's a lot easier to accomplish on a yacht than in mid-air.
Definitely the one year. The passion may not last forever, but you only have one year to pack everything in to anyway, and I'd hate knowing that my soul mate was out there, but I couldn't have him because I settled so that I could be secure in the long-term.
I don't believe in not giving all of yourself to a relationship. If I'm with a guy (which is happening less and less often as I grow) then it's not because I think he'll do. I really believe in him and our relationship.

With the exception of Tomato Boy, of course. Bleeah. Worst two dates of my life.

 
At 8:09 AM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

1. But if you know when you won't obsess? "Crap, I only have 11 lousy years left."

Definitely how. I'd go nuts if I knew when.

2. The money, absolutely. Flying is not one of my fantasies.

3. The Lifetime. What Higgy said.

 
At 1:34 PM , Anonymous insomniac said...

1. when, what if you asked "How am I going to die?" and the answer was "cancer" or "heart disease" or something boring like that?

2. show me the money!!!!

3. the lifetime thing (not Lifetime as in the cable network)

 
At 1:39 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

jeff.. in theory, if you know when it ends, you can cram everything possible in before you go. If you know how, you'd be worried about the when.. "Is today the day I eat bad chicken, get salmonella and die?" And could you avoid death if you knew what you did when you died (nekkid skydiving, eating bad chicken, crossing the road at 5th & 3rd, whatever..

 
At 1:59 PM , Blogger punky said...

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At 2:03 PM , Blogger punky said...

I am definitely with tamara on the whole one year thing.

I could live the rest of my life as a single woman after that one year if I found the kind of love I imagine exists between soulmates ... and the kind of love I have glimpsed. I know it exists ... I know it is worth the wait ... I know it will be for me in this lifetime. That's not to say I wouldn't enjoy a lifetime of love, companionship and memories ... I will ... and I do ... with my friends, family and pets. I want love. Deep, beautiful, soul embracing, pure, true, spiritual love. And I am willing to be single for many years if need be because I know the love I imagine exists for me. I just don't know when.

And some may say I am a dreamer (I'm not the only one ;) ... or I am too picky ... or I am a fool ... OK by me. :) But since it is my dream in this lifetime to find that kind of love and NOT my dream simply to be married and have kids (although when I find the man I am meant to love, I hope we are fortunate enough to marry adn have children) I am not willing to marry or "settle" simply so that I can be married, have kids and not have to spend my life alone. Even if I never marry, my life will always be filled with love and joy.

But let me add ... this is my own little world. I think everyone has their own beautiful idea of love and it is as valid, precious, right and true as mine is to me. To each their own and to each all the love they have the courage to seek!

I need lunch.

:)

 
At 2:07 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

*Standing ovation* for Punky!! :)

 
At 4:21 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

I would like to know when I am going to die. I mean really lets say I found out I will die in five years two months five days and 6 hours. I think I could start spending that retirement money now. On the other hand knowing how could open up new horizons. I mean if I am going to die in a car crash then nekkid skydiving sex without a parachute opens right up.

I think flying would give you the kind of joy money never could.

My first year with my wife were incredible, but it has to change. I am definitely not disappointed being with someone I love. If I have to choose I go with the lifetime.

 
At 8:38 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

Was that a standing ovation or ovulation?

 
At 9:51 PM , Blogger punky said...

I don't currently ovulate. Me and my ovaries have an agreement. Waste not want not.

 
At 9:53 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

Dude! Teach me that trick!

 
At 10:10 PM , Blogger punky said...

You have to guilt them into submission.

 
At 10:17 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

Oh, easy! My ovaries are Catholic.

 
At 10:18 PM , Blogger Graz said...

Okay, I changed my mind a couple time while reading everyone else's answer about the first, but I have to say I'd wanna know when. Even though if know "how" opens you up to all kinds of "Hey, y'all, watch this!" opportunities, so does knowing "when", if you think about it. "Shoot myself out of that cannon into that flaming pool of lime jello? Hell, yes, it ain't my time yet!"

Second, I'd want to be able to fly. Money would come with that ability and in the scheme of things, money isn't that important.

Third, True love and soul mate. I wanna know if all the pain has been worth it, like I imagine it to be.

 
At 10:21 PM , Blogger punky said...

Graz!

*tackles and tickles*

 
At 11:02 PM , Blogger Graz said...

Damn, I shouldn't have shown you my tickle spots!

How ya been, sweetie?

 
At 11:06 PM , Blogger punky said...

I've been great. So nice to see you here. Glad you found the bread crumbs I left for you. :)

Be sure to play here more often.

 
At 11:27 PM , Blogger Graz said...

Nice to be seen here....and I hope I wasn't supposed to eat those bread crumbs.....didn't eat much for lunch today.

I will come by more often...things are starting to get a bit more calm at work and with my personal life ( read personal life part as broke up with person I was dating recently).

 

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